Yoshitoshi remains one of the premier dance labels in the US, and this mixed compilation's focus is on some of the gems that the label has released. Here, Dean Coleman is in the mix, giving us his first commercially-released mix CD. This one is all about house music- deep, soulful and spiritual.
Coleman first began DJing while at college at the University of North Carolina in the mid-90's. Since then, he moved to Atlanta in the late 90s, where through his talents he attracted the attention of the Deep Dish crew who got him onto the Yoshitoshi label. Presently, he travels the globe spinning, working on his own music/remixes, and branching into commercial music for TV- starring and writing the music for a Pioneer television ad for their hot CD/DVD player.
Happily for us around these parts, he regularly stops in Atlanta to spin a set. Aside from being a killer house mix CD, what sets this mix apart from the rest is the span of time covered with the tracks. Current tracks like Narcotic Thrust "When the Dawn Breaks" perfectly blend with welcome house classics such as Eddie Amador "House Music" and Alcatraz "Give Me Luv." There is a stylistic focus to the tracks that gives the CD an awesome flow, and this focus is obviously more important to Coleman than packing simply the latest tracks onto the CD for the sake of trendiness. Thank-you, Dean Coleman!
The entire set is expertly mixed and the selection is simply about great house music, making this CD one that entices many repeat listens. Although the length of a single CD can't tell the story of house in the past decade, Coleman does about the best that could imaginably be done. The disc effortlessly captures the energy of his skilled DJ sets. Under the radar standout tracks like Sumo "Yes We Will," Sultan "Shivers" (the Armand van Helden sample from Professional Widow is clever and wicked), and Joystick "Do U C Me?" prove what great house music has been pumping out of hot clubs for the past several years.
All of the tracks are vocal-oriented, and come direct from original house music artists. Coleman also includes a couple of his own remixes with Narcotic Thrust "I Like It" and Morel "If You Love Me" (this track right here is worth the price of admission). The is one of the best mix CDs I've ever heard: it sounds as good the first listen as it does the tenth. Yoshitoshi and Dean Coleman go together like sake and sushi. Doesn't get much better than this.