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If you want your house broken down, then maybe this is the compilation for you. The definition of eurphoric house is essentially uplifting, positive and rousing dance music. The kind of tracks which will make you want to put those arms in the air.
There are two discs here and a sterling 42 tracks to get the teeth into. The album kicks off with Spiller's 'Groovejet.' Sophie Ellis Bextor's slinky vocal ensures it stays absorbing, without ever being buoyant. I prefer the trumpetty 'Just Won't Do' by Tim Deluxe, which has a magnetic rhythm and will get those toes tapping.
Head to The Ones who deliver an overtly sexual number on 'Flawless,' It could be any drag queen's getting ready to out theme tune. Next stop is the brilliant 'Another Chance' by Roger Sanchez, where a gloriously evocative vocal haunts you over enchanting chords and sumptuous kicks.
I can pass on 'Two Times' by Ann Lee, she seems to sing this lyrics about three hundred times and the song is sickly and repetitive. On the subejct of repetitive, Paul Johnson's 'Get Down' comes in close second for most inane offering.
Disc two continues witht the ultra funky 'You Don't Me' by Mr Armand van Helden. A wicked soulful vocal from Duane Harden ups the ante and drives the song forward with flourish. If you enjoyed this, then dip into Wamdue Project, where a slightly creepy riff arches the spine, while a tingling bass hook keeps up the momentum.
Ultar Nate was something of a one hit wonder, but her anthemic 'Free' remains testament to her strapping tongue and ability to belt out a positive house tune. If you want something more mellow, then Pete Heller pulls out all the stops on the sophisticated 'Big Love.'
The album recovers from a lull, arriving at Camisra's stunning 'Let Me Show' which has one of the best bassline in the last twenty years in dance music, a reworking of an old Sandy B song.
I heartily recommend this album for anyone who likes their dance music on the house side.
I bought this album when it first came out back in 2003.
It is a two Cd set but I confess that I do end up playing the first CD a lot more than the second. The second does seem to suffer from the same problem a lot of two disc sets have that there seem to be a lot of filler tracks .
The style of the CD is very Dance themed and it is one of those CD's that just fades from one track to the next so you don't have any annoying gaps. I really love playing this CD in my car - usually on a sunny day when I can take the roof off and play it really really loud!!!
Most of the tracks have a really good bass line to them so even if you don't really know the track you can't help drumming along on the steering wheel!!
A few of the highlights of this CD for me are Groovejet by Spiller which features Sophie Ellis Bextor on vocals, Lazy by X-press 2 and Flawless by the Ones.
This CD can be picked up really cheaply now at less than £5 so well worth it for a cracking Dance CD.
Full Track Listing
Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) - Spiller
It Just Won't Do - Sam Obernik
Sunday Shoutin' - Johnny Corporate
Shiny Disco Balls - Jessica Eve
Just The Way You Are - Milky
Flawless - The Ones
Salsoul Nugget (If U Wanna) - M&S Presents The Girl Nex Door
Don't Call Me Baby - Madison Avenue
Starlight - Superman Lovers
Another Chance - Roger Sanchez
Given Up - Mirrorball
I Wanna Be U - Chocolate Puma
Lazy - X-Press 2
2 Times - Ann Lee
Point Of View - DB Boulevard
You See The Trouble With Me - Black Legend
21st Century - Weekend Players
Get Up (Everybody) (Parade Mix) - Byron Stingly
Space Cowboy (David Morales Mix) - Jamiroquai
Get Get Down - Paul Johnson
To Be In Love - Maw Presents India
Un-Break My Heart (Frankie Knuckles Classic Radio Mix) - Toni Braxton
You Don't Know Me - Duane Harden
At Night (Mousse-T's Feel Much Better Edit) - Shakedown
Turn Around - Toney Lee
King Of My Castle - Wamdue Project
Sing It Back (Boris Dlugosch Mix) - Moloko
Keep On Jumpin' (Tee's Jm Mix) - Jocelyn Brown
Beautiful People - Barbara Tucker
Free - Ultra Nate
Big Love - Pete Heller
Looking For Love - Karen Ramirez
Insatiable - Thick D
Where Love Lives (Perfecto Mix) - Alison Limerick
Plastic Dreams - Jaydee
The Future Of The Future (Stay Gold) - Everything But The Girl
Can't Get Enough - Soulsearcher
Rapture - Iio
Let Me Show You - Camisra
You're A Superstar - Love Inc
I'll Be Your Angel - Kira
Touch Me - Cassandra
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) - Spiller
2 It Just Won't Do - Tim Deluxe feat. Sam Obernik
3 Sunday Shoutin' - Johnny Corporate
4 Shiny Disco Balls - Who Da Funk feat. Jessica Eve
5 Just The Way You Are - Milky
6 Flawless - The Ones
7 Salsoul Nugget (If U Wanna) - M&S presents The Girl Next Door
8 Don't Call Me Baby - Madison Avenue
9 Starlight - Supermen Lovers
10 Another Chance - Roger Sanchez
11 Given Up - Mirrorball
12 I Wanna Be U - Chocolate Puma
13 Lazy - X-Press 2
14 2 Times - Ann Lee
15 Point Of View - DB Boulevard
16 You See The Trouble With Me - Black Legend
17 21st Century - Weekend Players
18 Get Up (Everybody) (Parade Mix) - Byron Stingily
19 Space Cowboy (David Morales Mix) - Jamiroquai
20 Get Get Down - Paul Johnson
21 To Be In Love - M.A.W. presents India
22 Un-Break My Heart (Frankie Knuckles Classic Radio Mix) - Toni Braxton
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 You Don't Know Me - Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden
2 At Night [Mousse T's Feel Much Better Edit] - Shakedown
3 Turn Around - Phats & Small feat. Toney Lee
4 King Of My Castle - Wamdue Project
5 Sing It Back [Boris Dlugosch Mix] - Moloko
6 Keep On Jumpin' [Tee's Jm Mix] - Todd Terry feat. Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown
7 Beautiful People - Barbara Tucker
8 Free - Ultra Nate
9 Big Love - Pete Heller
10 Looking For Love - Karen Ramirez
11 Insatiable - Thick D.
12 Where Love Lives [Perfecto Mix] - Alison Limerick
13 Plastic Dreams - Jaydee
14 The Future Of The Future (Stay Gold) - Deep Dish [with Everything But The Girl]
15 Can't Get Enough - Soulsearcher
16 Rapture - Iio
17 Let Me Show You - Camisra
18 You're A Superstar - Love Inc.
19 I'll Be Your Angel - Kira
20 Touch Me - Rui Da Silva Feat. Cassandra