Get this triple disc for the trifecta of dancefloor party fulfillment! You already know it is going to make you get off your duff and take your positions on the bright and tumble multi-colored or parquet space. These forty-two pumping jams on three CDs make me imagine what is must be like at the yearly WMC convention in Florida’s most progressive city that inspired Defected In The House – Miami 2008 [Defected Records ITH24CDP], and offers a United Kingdom perspective on the annual confab. The brainchild of Defected Records mastermixers/masterminds Bob Sinclar, Frankie Knuckles and Simon Dunmore, this compilation captures House music in a rare snapshot that your are sure to enjoy if your are into this genre.
CD1 - Mixed by Aaron Ross
Here we have three albums and a new dance music seminar-like experience. The first inspiring CD is from Aaron Ross of UK pirate radio fame. It is best recognized for the first track, Copyright’s “Wiseman” and the familiar “ee-aay,ee-aay” hook; spirited due to the inclusion of “Open Your Eyes” featuring Dionne Mitchell’s preachy urgings and a few other back-to-back gospel-style jump-ups. I am happy to hear from an old favorite Fonda Rae (“Hey-O-Ba 1983) on “Living In Ecstasy” (Mood II Swing N.Y. Mix)! Marc Evans reaches back for a sample of the Jackson’s “Show You The Way To Go” on his “Reach Out For Love”, another one for the rockin’ pulpit.
CD2 Mixed by Simon Dunmore
The second CD, and my favorite, has the head of Defected Records, Simon Dunmore’s stamp on it. It includes the Shapeshifters’ “Treadstone” on it, and is my personal favorite largely because of the Thom Bell-like disco strings therein. “Love Sweet Sound” is a very positive “I AM somebody” like song from the legendary Groove Armada, that is very uplifting in these trying financial times.
CD3 Mixed by ATFC
The last but certainly not the least fourteen cuts emanate from the largely Hip Hop production house of ATFC, and are the comparable to energy crescendo of previous discs especially when an formerly unreleased groove of “Speed Up” by Funkerman which seamlessly segues into “My Joy” from Quentin Harris inside a Harry “Choo Choo” Romero remix is factored in. Get to this yo!! ‘Shades of Lil’ Louis’ “French Kiss” on that one by the way.
As I always say with something like this, whether you are throwing a pool party at your house this summer and can’t find an affordable selector, or if you are a selector looking to jump start your mix, a compilation like this is just what you and your audience will like! So no lanyard required and five perfect-no-defects stars.
Released March 2008 on Defected Records