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"We're Only Here For The Party"
Macrophone Sweden/Victor Ent. Japan
2000 release of "We're Only Here For The Party" by Swedish
group Q-Pow!, is one of the most complete dance records I have ever
heard. If you are a Euro-Dance fan, you must get this album. I had
no idea how awesome Q-Pow! was until I heard their full-length album
with all of it's intense dance energy and pure pop sensibility. It
is hard to pick the best of the best when presented with an
assortment of worthwhile songs, such as:
1) SUMMER HOLIDAY:
The popular release from the summer of 2000. It is a
Caribbean-flavored party ode to "la playa" and
"discotecas". A great opening track for this album.
2) MORE & MORE:
More of a classic dance song, it has tremendously appealing beats
and horn sound effects that make this an unforgettable release.
3) I WANNA KNOW: A
classic bubblegum track that captures that classic Northern European
sound. If you like acts such as Yummie or Solid Base, this song is
for you. With silly sounds and juvenille lyrics, this is a fun
addition to the album.
4) COULDN'T GET
AWAY: This song continually takes my breath away. It is pure Hi-NRG
dance, with it's awesome synthesizers, horn sounds and vocoders, I
can't get enough of this one. The climax of this song takes place at
2mins, 42 secs. As the song comes to a near stand-still, the horns
slowly creep back up, faster and faster, until we are greeted once
again with total dance euphoria.
5) GALAXY: Very
similar to SPACE INVADERS by fellow Scandinavian group Hit 'N' Hide,
this is a fun trance/bubblegum track that has some incredibly catchy
6) OH, MY GOD!:
Another memorable bubblegum track with that signature Swedish sound.
The nice bridge right at 2mins is very similar to the A*Teens sound.
7) SURRENDER: This
track is just okay. It has a kind of early-90's dance sound, but it
is completely okay....nothing more and nothing less.
8) IF YOU REALLY
WANT ME: Q-Pow! really hits the mark with this song. One of the top
tracks here, IF YOU REALLY WANT ME is getting back towards a
9) JUST A LITTLE
KISS: Just like that "little kiss", this is just a little
song. Completely unforgettable, yet still slightly danceable, it is
one of the few times this group does not come through with a solid
song. The vocalist, I have to say, sounds brilliant on here, though.
10) YOU & I: A
completely amazing track that really kicks into gear during the
second half. Right at 1min and 25secs, there is an amazing rebirth
that includes some incredible bits of horn sounds. I play it over
and over again.
11) Q-POW! HIT MIX:
A lenghty complilation that includes bits and pieces of all the
different songs on this album. It is okay, but I'd just assume
listen to the orignals.
12) RIGHT BY YOUR
SIDE: Another dance track that really fails to pick up much steam.
While the group recycles the same vocals and sound effects used on
the rest of the album, this track is pretty boring.
CRAZY: Let's consider this SUMMER HOLIDAY part deux. Utilizing the
same beach/warm weather-feel of the first song, it is another
sizzling party track.
14) WORDS ARE NOT
ENOUGH: They just had to go and do it, folks! Q-Pow! had to follow
the lead of all of their Euro-Dance predecessors by falling into the
"ballad trap". Please keep ballads off dance albums!
Dance fans: Get
This Album. It is incredibly brilliant and a must-have!
"The Lonely One"
Violent Records The Netherlands/EMI Germany
Dutch group of Disc Jockeys, with Judith as the leading lady and
current face, releases another single from their debut, "Who
Needs Guitars Anyway?" Remaining consistent in their fusion of
pop sounds and club atmosphere, "The Lonely One" comprises
of the signature electronic beats and vibes resonant which make
Alice Deejay stand out from the commercial pop over the airwaves.
Their sounds have
made the female group increasingly popular in Europe, resulting in
more underground Dutch producers becoming interested in their work.
Perhaps a tad tiring after the success after "Back In My
Life", "Better Off Alone" and more recently 'Will I
Ever", expect a similar feel with "The Lonely One".
But it remains catchy and downright haunting all the same, making
this single one track you will not be able to get out of your mind
"More & More"
Orange Records Sweden
have heard this enough times to grab my attention, and buy it. The
result is a grabbing track with a techno feel to it. Slightly cheesy
vocals are provided on two mixes, however under the right
circumstances they can be very effective. Another very hot
production to look out for.
"It's A Fine Day"
Rampage Music USA
Italy, Miss Jane is an excellent remake of the classic Opus III
song. There are four wicked remixes by ATB, Jason Nevins, Jonathan
Peters and Eddie Baez. The ATB remix is radio friendly and the
vocals bring this track to a peak as the music and the vocals are in
perfect harmony. Jason Nevins' mix takes us to the jungle
with his tribal mix, while Jonathan Peters pounds out the hardhouse
soundsof NYC. Eddie Baez gives us as much pump as the rest and adds
a padapella to boot.
"At The Club"
Radikal Records USA
am sure you are familiar with SM-TRAX. Group recorded several
singles in HOUSE style, including hits like "... Is
Calling", or "Climb on Me" for instance. Now we have
their newest single "At The Club". It is actually a MEGA
single with 8 versions featured lasting all together more than 43
minutes of pure and exciting dance in various style. Granted, HOUSE
is a leading genre but since so many remixes were introduced in this
powerhouse single you will find also other styles. My favorite
remixes are done by Mario Lopez and Lightforce. No
wonder Their Radio Edit is a sizzling EURO-TRANCE ala Alice
Deejay with pumping beat and angelic synth work not to mention
incredibly powerful female vocal by Monya. Their Remix is
more TECHNO-oriented and perfect for club dance floor. Version
retains also some TRANCE elements that enpowered Radio Edit, but
these synths are coming up a lit bit later while the track
progresses. Since I am pretty much into TECHNO/TRANCE these days, I
also admired Axel Konrad (DJ VALIUM) Remix. Lots of killer uplifting
synths to enjoy and of course the female vocals that appears here
and there. For more info about the group, please visit their page at
DancePool-Sony Music Germany
say that expectations were high for Mr. Corsten for the follow-up to
"Out Of The Blue" would be a drastic understatement. There
was a lot of opportunity for a straight rip of the old tune as done
by so many artists lately. However, this is by no means similar, and
in my opinion even better. Luscious vocals provided by Lie-Arjaan,
give the world a possible huge chart stormer. The original club mix
provides the most peak-time / radio play, with a fantastic piano
break. Corsten's own mix is a slightly harder interpretation with a
bigger kick, as often played by Ferry himself. Lieb's vocal-less
very progressive remix provides material for the obviously more
progressive DJs. Overall a fantastic package.
Gang Go/Edel Germany
Mission" owners might recognise this name from the last track
of the release, their comeback single "Where Are You",
complete with repetitive "hoo hoo" sounds and the rousing
shouts of a freaked-out Australian DJ ending the mix with a bang.
The debut Paffendorf LP, "Dance City", is a showcase of
Ramon Zenker and Gottfried Engels' efforts, the duo often using
different influences to find inspiration for their highly successful
productions. Expect pounding noises from a steam engine, score from
the film "Terminator 2", and even inspiration from a
well-known German advertisement for a sex chat line. Besides
five previously released singles, "Dance City" also
contains seven new tracks ranging from exotic South American taste,
old New Order-style Electro pop and even resounding pop influences
in the album. With their growing popularity as a live act in major
German clubs, Paffendorf may have the potential to make it big
around the world.
Bang On Australia
admire ATB (André Tanneberger, ex Sequential One rapper) for
his sound so obviously I couldn't ignore this beautiful release that
is from his forthcoming album "Two Worlds". The
Australian edition of the single features 4 versions. Airplay Mix
delivers incredible TRANCE/DREAM sound. This one is like ATB
returning to his roots. When you will listen to it, you obviously
will hear similarity to his another hit "9 PM (Till I
Come)". Clubb Mix is also terrific with after hour feeling in
it. Great track to chill out the overheated dance floor.
Instrumental Clubb Version seems to be more dynamic with more TECHNO
BEAT feel. The last Ibiza Influence Version is yet another after
hour fare with dazzling synthesizers propelling into another chill
out marvel. Also the Australian edition features the video, for more
details visit the enhanced
"Fell The Heat 2000"
you read this review MASTERBOY new album "Best
Of" is already out. I have decided to review this
"Feel The Heat 2000" single not only because I am fan of
this group to death but also because some of the featured mixes are
far from what you know based on the version appeared in the album.
While the album version is recorded in more POP/DANCE compare to
original EURODANCE sound other featured versions in the single are
very interesting. For instance Trance Club Mix done by Luiz
O'Brien is very unusual interpretation of this song. Quite
sophisticated production and amazing synth-driven marvel. You will
appreciate thundering bottom and DREAM line dominating in this
amazing fare almost church-like feeling. Track lasts almost 7
minutes and is surely a highlight of this single. Another quite
interesting interpretation of the song was done by Muguel Sombrero
in his Webtress Miami to Copacaban Club Mix. Here we have lucious
TECHNO mixed with after hour quasi LATINO-beat. Quite a treat.
For more info about the group, please visit my
their official site at www.session-group.de
born DJ VALIUM (aka AXEL KONRAD) is a project that
gains more and more attention among fans of DANCE. After his hit
"Go Right For" he is back with this brand new single
"Omen III". If you are fan of EURODANCE, you should be
familiar with this fare. Originally written by A.K. Swift, Kempf
and Staab was successfully introduced by mega group MAGIC
AFFAIR back in 1994. DJ VALIUM delivered 5 versions.
While the main EURODANCE line was retained sound was updated to what
the current dance floor is falling for. Radio Mix is a commercial
DANCE edition of this song, while Extended Vocal Mix delivers more
club feeling with good TECHNO edge making this version a searing
DANCE scorcher. Simply an incredible melody, synth-lines and
powerful vocals by Tat Morena. Speaking of TECHNO and it's
hard shade you should check Klubbheads Remix. They delivered hard
pounded TECHNO-HOUSE. On the same line is A1 Mix, but this one
delivers more PROGRESSIVE/TRANCE synth line. Live In Holland Mix
retains similar climate yet pushing it into more DARK edge. Taken
together, very good DANCE release with across the board potential.
Already swamped club scene all over the Europe during this summer.
"I'm Your Pusher"
single released by SCOOTER.is always awaited with high hopes.
So, no wonder that fans were thrilled to finally get a new single
from this German leading TECHNO group. This is timely release
because it introduces forthcoming album "Sheffield".
I think group is really keeping high cutting edge sound and does not
lower their level of excellence with every release. As a matter of
fact the sound is getting better and better. Seems SCOOTER is
fascinated with Scotch sound, so you have Scottish elements in this
truly wonderful and powerful track. As you can expect, high flying
dazzling synth lines are everywhere giving this PROGRESSIVE track a
distinct TRANCE feeling. I love the tune, but I have to bitch a bit.
I was pretty dissapointed that only two versions were features and
even damn club version was below 5 minutes. Such wonderful fare
deserves more remixes. CD single has all together 4 tracks. Two
first are the title one the third is called "The Pusher".
It is probably a mix (?) but more in DARK ACID PROGRESSIVE side if
anything. The last tune: "Firth Of Forth" is instrumental
DRUM'N'BASS version of the title tune (I guess). I would really
spend more time on getting more TRANCE-oriented remixes of the title
more info about the group, please refer to their home page at
"Who Needs Guitars Anyway?"
Violent Records The Netherlands/Universal USA
you might be asking the same question that I asked, “Who is Alice
Deejay?” She came up with a debut single “Better Off Alone”
and it stayed in the UK Top 5 for 5 weeks. And no, this was not a
one-hit wonder that appeared and vanished. Alice DJ is a concept
that works with a collective of DJs and producers. Judy, the face
and undoubtedly stunning vocal talent of Alice Deejay is the driving
and creative force behind the act.
She describes the
Alice Deejay sound as “dance-trance pop”, an exhilarating hybrid
of body-rocking beats, hypnotic grooves, and spirited catchy pop
verses that celebrate universal aspects of life, love and desire.
The album celebrates the same theme, with tracks like “Better Off
Alone”, “Back In My Life”, and the latest single “Will I
"I Promised Myself"
Orbit Records Germany
you are into HI-ENERGY the title of this single should sound
familar. Originally composed and recorded by NICK KAMEN
became one of the "classics" in this genre. Now it has
been "processed" by JOHN DAVIES. Single includes
three versions. First two (Single Edit and Extended) retains the
HI-ENERGY feeling. John's voice is very nice and his version of this
classic is very well done. Few "touch ups" to have the
instruments sound more like 2000's. The treat for more
PROGRESSIVE/TRANCE oriented crowd MARK'OH delivered his
remixed version. It starts almost exactly the same as ALICE
DEEJAY'S "Back In My Life" and progresses into
sizzling Circuit/Rave fare. Very nicely done. The athmosphere of the
original KAMEN's production hybridized with exciting TECHNO-driven
sound makes this one a releases that should catch your attention.
"Danse Avec Moi"
Dos Or Die Germany
here is the track that is storming all dance floors all over the
world. New from KOSMONOVA. "Danse Avec Moi". Single
features 6 version of this very powerful fare with both NRG and
TRANCE feeling. Ingenious production by Tommaso De Donatis and
Michael Nehring (who also co-wrote this spectacular offering).
Choose version to please you. All of them retain the main melodic
lines but geez! They differ and I mean it. Radio Version is powerful
TRANCE with French lyrics yet quite commercial. This version is
closed to what appeared on video. If you are more into clubbing,
check Airscape's Radio Mix. It's an epic big room trancer with
seductively hypnotic female vocal that explodes at the breaks.
Synths are plainly amazing! For more TECHNO feelings check
Plug'N'Play version. Thanks to Jan Vervloet we are also blessed with
FIOCCO remix. Dark PROGRESSIVE fare aimed to cavernous,
underground clubs. Galloping, soaring, high-flying synths rising to
majestic heights make this tune essential for clubs. Incredibly
intense! This one is a MUST! Don't think the version you have
on compilation is good enough! You gotta have the single to
understand what you would miss otherwise!
"Do It To Me Again"
Defected Records UK
from last year's monstrously-big "Can't Get Enough" (or
another title as usually preferred by the female listeners),
Soulsearcher are back in 2000 with something of equal proportions.
Soulsearcher uses almost the identical bassline with the new
excellent vocals, a must for all house floors. Jazz-N-Groove as the
title suggest add a bit of jazz and groove to the mix to provide a
more varied mix.
another variation on the original club theme. The most interesting
mix I think is the Basstoy mix, sounding a lot like
"Runnin" with a fast-paced bassline, and interesting
effects on the vocals. Sandstorm provide a deeper interpretation for
more underground floors. An all toghether huge package, which should
do extremely well in the Top 40.
"Just Around The Hill"
now all serious fans of SASH! should already have his bran new album
"TRILENIUM". If so, you should be familiar with
"Just Around The Hill". If you heard the album version,
you also know that it was recorded more into POP style. While the
version is indeed a nice track, it's distant from what we used to
hear by SASH! No, wonder I was surprised to notice that it was
released as single. Well... not
anymore! Several versions featured
on this CD single were recorded and produced in dance mood. 5 out of
7 versions falling into this category. Dance Radio Edit is more into
HIGH-ENERGY! YEAH! No kidding! Doug Laurent 12" Vocal Mix is
the first version featured on this CD that introduces TECHNO
feeling. Starts as rather monotonic fare rescued by female vocals of
one and only TINA COUSINS transforms later as full blast
TECHNO/TRANCE wonder. Very nice. Another mix done by DJ Shah starts
with vibrating female vocals and distict beat sections. This one is
full-throttle PROGRESSIVE TECHNO version with many elements
reminding ALICE DEEJAY! Extended Dance mixes has some TRIBAL
feelings into it. Rather AFTER HOUR versions still retain a lot of
dynamic features and HIGH ENERGY feeling into it. So, if you want
some DANCE version of this tune, you should get the single.