The pulse and beat to the rhythm cannot be denied...and at times this album is like one long Donna Summer remix or one of her double album releases on Casablanca Records from the late 1970s. Where has the time gone? Indeed this album is one l-o-n-g cut with many fierce fragments that are locked together by the mix.
As with many CDs that I have reviewed in this space, Fonzerelli's Club Mix Volume 1
is a self-contained party mix that anyone can use whether you are a professional selector or just looking for some jams to play at your house party in a succinct continuous mix. Fonzerelli is world renowned as one of the top DJs, and probably most famous for his influence on the UK Top 40 music charts and work with major and indie labels worldwide.
The first song, “Moonlight Party” invites you to the dance floor. I like his choice of "Gigalo" by Digital Glitter because it features one of the more familiar sounding hooks herein. If you are not familiar with all the titles of each song, it is difficult to differentiate each one because of the wall-to-wall seventy-seven plus minutes of music; individual tracks numbers do not display on my CD player, only a time lapsed countdown – maybe the commercial disc you buy will be better in that way. I found my way to LA 2 UK’s version of "Love Is Blind" which, for this type of music, is pretty heartfelt in the mode of 1980s Pet Shop Boys, or even the Thompson Twins groove comes to mind.
Aaron McCelland’s "Grand Finale" is a breakbeat track in disguise, followed two tracks later by his hit remix of CRW's "I Feel Love." Fonzi's mix of "Music’s Got Me" by Stu Allen has a touch of Giorgio Moroder ("From Here To Eternity") in it. You will get the obligatory dash of Latin flava on the next to last track while you are "Dreamin'" of a far off island near Ipanema. It becomes just a Connected featuring Max C “Feeling” as the credits roll and the players of this production depart the stage and go their separate ways – until the next time you fire-up your music box, that is.
You will find Fonz’s selections familiar and lively. His handling of Guru Josh Project’s "Infinity" seems sublime in comparison to the electro-fueled Klaas version, it has no spoken words and is one of my favorite cuts. In short, this CD just pumps from end-to-end and allows musical alliteration by featuring four fonzi stars.
Released November 2009 on Big In Ibiza Records.
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