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Holiday Edition 2008 Volume 1

It’s looking like this might end up as a four-mix set, so I decided to go ahead and start rolling the mixes out for the Holiday Edition 2009.  I’m not completely sure about the fourth mix, but just in case…Anyway, I’ll be putting these out each day through the weekend.

As promised, I kept the mixes down in size, though I wasn’t able to get this one under the 80-minute mark, I think everyone will live.  There are definitely several HOT tunes in this mix and I thought I might get back to my short reviews of each song; so here goes…

Album : Holiday Edition v1
Genre : Circuit, Progressive, Tribal
Year : 2008
Total Time : 1:27:09.00

Track : 1
Title : I Stay In Love (Jody Den Broeder Club Mix)
Artist : Mariah Carey

I wasn’t really feeling the Ralphi mixes of this song, however I totally love that Jody is showing us a funkier side of his production skills.  In fact, he does it again on Leann Rimes’ “What I Cannot Change”.  However, since I didn’t want to get to early hour in this mix, I opted for the Bronleewe & Bose Extended Mix instead.  Frankly, I’m just glad that Sony finally got around to releasing some more mixes from Mariah.  Her album has not done as well as they had hoped, but her fans still want to hear her on the dancefloor.  Essential.

Track : 2
Title : Feels So Good (Klubjumpers Club Mix)
Artist : Sean Ensign

Klubjumpers appear to be the ‘IT’ guys of the moment.  Sean’s association with them has turned out another solid floor thumper.  Catchy as hell, there’s no doubt this will keep the boys movin’.  Outstanding.

Track : 3
Title : Sandcastle Disco (Escape & Coluccio Club Mix)
Artist : Solange

The other ‘IT’ guys of the moment are Escape & Coluccio; for that matter DJ Escape and anyone he produces with.  Beyonce’s baby sister is on fire with her second single which is currently #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.  Equally exceptional is the Freemasons remix of this song featured in my Halloween Edition (Take 3).  Essential.

Track : 4
Title : Hell No (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Club Mix)
Artist : Judy Torres

I thought I’d never say this, but I miss Tony & Warren.  After inundating us with mix after mix from last year’s “The Event”, they pretty much oversaturated the clubs with their big room sound.  After taking some time off, their back with a remix of this ultra hot Judy Torres tune.  With it’s call out hook “HELL NO” this song is irresistible no matter what the remix.  Tony brings back his big room production style and applies it to great effect on this song.  Essential.

Track : 5
Title : Roots Before Branches (Almighty Extended Mix)
Artist : Room For Two

Almighty, the kings (or queens) of Euro power pop for the dancefloor are as relevant now as they were in the late 90s and early millennia.  With it’s big production style, amazing vocals and over the top drama, this mix borders on commercial trance that finds the hook and utilizes it to great effect.  Unfortunately, I don’t think this song will be the big hit it deserves to be.  Why?  No one has really picked up on it, at least not yet.  So, I’m challenging everyone to drop this in the middle of a set and see if it don’t drive those queens mad!  Essential.

Track : 6
Title : Feel It 2008 (The Mac Project Remix)
Artist : The Tamperer feat. Maya

Updated classic from 1998.  Daddy Mac retains all of the original elements making it even bigger than I remember it.  Essential.

Track : 7
Title : Fashion (Arenna Mix)
Artist : William Umana feat. Jenn

Fashion is Dolce, Gabbana…Beyonce and Madonna.  Oh SNAP!

Track : 8
Title : Headphones (Almighty 12” Anthem Mix)
Artist : Leann Rimes

I love the fact that Leann released an E.P. of mixes from her last two albums “Family” and “Whatever We Wanna”.  The two standouts are the Almighty remix of “Headphones” and the remixes for “What I Can Not Change” featuring productions by Jody Den Broeder (funky) Kaskade (mainstream progressive) and Bronleewe & Bose (big room trance).  While the other cuts, which feature remixes by Soulseekerz and Wideboys are definitely worthwhile for any Leann fan, these two tracks stand out above the rest.  Essential.

Track : 9
Title : Dreams (Wendel Kos ‘First Sunlight’ Mix)
Artist : Sirens

The “Club La La La” girls are back and as catchy as ever.  This go around they give us the Charro hook “goochie goochie”.  No doubt the queens will be singing along in unison.  Essential.

Track : 10
Title : Explanations (Vukas & Costanzo Tribal Mix)
Artist : Johnny Budz & EXIT 59 feat. Dani Vasile

More filler than anything, I needed something to transition from.  Though it took me a while to really start appreciating this song, the version to play is the Budz Journey To Exit 59 Extended Mix or the Exit 59 mix which appeared on my Electro-Funk v9 (Take 3) edition.

Track : 11
Title : Broken Pieces (F&L Club Mix)
Artist : Friscia & Lamboy feat. Jennifer Carbonell

Jennifer is the whole package.  She’s hot looking and she’s got a great voice; but she needs to start working with other people if she wants to be successful in this business.  Her continued association with Friscia and Lamboy is not producing the dancefloor hits she deserves.  That’s not to say they aren’t excellent at their craft, because they are.  I just think she needs to take her music in a different direction.  This song will move a floor, but it won’t be remembered in a couple of months.

Track : 12
Title : Never (DJ Escape & Johnny Vicious Stompin Club Mix)
Artist : Kristine W

The second favorite of this multi-mix package, DJ Escape does it once again; this time with a little help from Johnny Vicious.  While my favorite is still the funkier 7th Heaven mix, the combination of a big room circuit vibe with Kristine’s powerhouse vocals makes this juicy enough to sink my teeth into.  Essential.

Track : 13
Title : Feel U Feelin’ Me (JSJ KlubKidz Mix)
Artist : Pimp Jam feat. Norma Lewis

Hmm, Pimp Jam a.k.a. Sleazesisters and a song written by Viola Wills with amazing vocals by Norma Lewis…folks, it doesn’t get any better than this.  I have been all over this song since early November when I used the Starlett DJ’s Disco Mix in my House Edition v5 (Take 1). This song is nothing short of amazing!  It’s one of those feel good songs that makes you want more each time you hear it.  Essential.

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