It's no surprise that in recent years, there has been a huge influx of old-school house jams not only rereleased, but remade. The simplistic attitude towards production that was so much a part of early dance can also be felt creeping its way down to the masses. After a series of neverending buildups and epic crescendos that dominated the scene during the late 90's, people are ready for something new. Take a listen to any one of the first house tracks and its their simplicity that made them so great. Producers gave their tracks room to breathe, and with that, made dance classics that still resonate today.
Among those early house staples is the "legendary Chicago House Music label, Trax Records." Twilight Trax is a collection of sixteen groove-filled songs continuously-mixed. While the insert says its "perfect for rooftop parties, backyard barbeques, the beach, a quiet night in, or that long commute," let's not forget that this music was once at the forefront of a groundbreaking club scene.
It's amazing to me that this is now considered music to listen to while having a "quiet night in" yet nearly fifteen or so years ago, it was what we sweated to on a packed dance floor. If we don't know where we came from, how do we know where we're going? Food for thought.
As far as the music goes, there's no shortage of deep classics here. Master Plans Dub of Electric Blue is included in all it's percussive glory along with names like Ron Hardy, Screamin Rachael, K-Alexi, and Black Mamba. But the obvious standout is Mr. Fingers ft. Robert Owens on the amazing Can You Feel It. And for those who still want more, a bonus track courtesy of Joe Smooth is included.
Great music, great mood! Grab this and bring back the memories! Two thumbs way up!