2 thoughts on “New music!”

  1. Heee! Well, I’ve only listened to Sandra Collins and Josh Wink so far. I’d describe both as cutting edge in their respective genres, with Ms Collins’ being electro/trance and Mr Wink being straight house.
    The Sandra Collins CD sounds really good, with the exception being the first track on the first disc — which I’m still trying to like but failing. It sounds like someone @#$*@ing around on a crossfader without having the songs beatmatched. Plus it’s got a super-annoying vocal talking about some girl “who’s a whore/and she’s drunk”. Yay. But other than that, the compilation is solid, and with all the electro thrown in there, different than what I’m used to. 7.5/10.
    The Josh Wink disc is driving, swirling, four-on-the-floor house. There’s a solid pounding beat through both discs and well-placed hihats, silence, organs and 303s keep the flow going. Favorite tracks include Wink’s own “Higher State Of Consciousness (Eyes In The Circle Of Life Remix By Mathew Jonson)” [funky eastern sounds combined with a breakbeat backing and a killer 303 bassline], Jasper’s “Uncertain” [you’ll be amazed at what can be done with a marimba and good hihat] and of course John Tejada’s melodic, flitered, “Sucre”. Meaningless French vocals but it really doesn’t matter because it’s such a stomper. 8/10.
    Almost forgot to list off my favorites from the Collins comp: On the first disc: King Roc – “The Tip (Tom Neville Remix)” [great production and stabs], Pacjam – “Urban Minds” [fantastic bassline/oldschool production]. The Knife – “We Share Our Mother’s Health (Trentemoller Mix)” is very original sounding and sonically interesting, but the lyrics are a little grating – they sound whiny to me. On the second: C79 – “Silent Violence (Original Mix)” [I love how the hi-hats and percussion unfilter during the first minute and a half… also I think there’s a four-minute-long mix with the second track, which was a surprise and sounds pretty cool to boot]. The second disc is definitely the stronger of the two discs, with epic monsters like Gabriel & Dresden – “Closer (With Molly Bancroft)”, Marscruiser – “Not Alone Tonight Featuring Kendra Foster (Blake Jarrell Club Mix)”, and Silencer – “Drown In Me (Cicada Remix)”… I kind of wonder why some of these tracks weren’t on the first disc — the compilation is kind of lopsided in that way. But then, I understand the tracklist changed around a fair bit shortly before it shipped, so perhaps the programming got a bit muddled.
    In any case there’s a lot of solid tunes on both compilations, and I encourage anyone interested in cutting-edge dance to pick them up. 🙂

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