Two CD’s for one low price with some of the best mixing I have heard in a while! A combined one- hundred-fifty minutes of bumpin' music from Rene Amesz and Baggi Begovic, the “New Headliners Volume 2” is the latest in the Nervous' Nitelife series. These feature a conglomeration of remixes and hand-picked gems. At first an intimidating assignment, I decided that for my critical interpretation I must split this review into two parts.
Batman and Robin as a DJ Duo?
The term “dynamic duo” never sounded so revitalized. If I were to apply that connotation from an earlier era, I would ask which one dominates: “Batman” or “Robin”?
Baggi Begovic flies in first
I like Baggi as the first crusader with a cape because his mix includes more vocal sure-shots like Daniel Bowie & Roy Rox's very male and 1980s-style “Preacher," which I really enjoy; track six “My Lexicon.” Of note also is Noir and Fraser Owens' repetitive joint “And U” with a sensuous bridge that just stays in your mind. Baggi's disc even skipped during every analytical play I gave it, yet recovered without stops or my having to touch any functions on the CD player to rock itself to the end. It is no wonder that I enjoy his mix better than Rene's, I see he possesses the credibility of the UK's Ministry Of Sound on his resume.
Rene launches it into the stratosphere
Rene's more innocuous mix begins with a sound effect reminiscent of a '60s black-and-white science fiction movie rocket taking off into the stratosphere. The mix then becomes memorable late in the game due to the use of the “Bad Girls” toots and beeps on “Esperanza” by Danny Serrano & Mendo. I dig Tamara Wallace's vocals on the remix of Oscar G's treatment of “Your Love”; she reminds me of Cult Jam's Lisa-Lisa back in the early 1990s. Amesz's blending is slightly less monotonous than Begovic's.
Rub these CDs liberally to protect against lameness at your next friendly house party. Your neighbors will be dying to get invited to frolic along, while the “authorities” will be asking you if you have a permit to play those two Brobdingnagian djs. Wanna-be pros on the loose will try to slip these into their mix and pass them off as their own with their mixing skills busted when they cannot mix out of the New Headliners' track succinctly.
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