When it comes to Millennial House Music Classics, it’s essential to delve into the transformative tracks that not only ruled the dance floors but also signaled shifts in the genre. Take for instance Agnes’s “Release Me,” a pulsating anthem that propelled the reputation of the dance production team Cahill while heralding a fresh era for house music.
There’s an interesting tale behind how I acquired the first three tracks on this volume. Rewind to 2006, where Tower Records on Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta was the go-to hub for house music aficionados like me. Amidst a landscape that was morphing at warp speed—thanks to file-sharing platforms like Napster and WinMX—that brick-and-mortar store was the relic of a bygone era. The mail-order dance labels like LA’s Perfect Beat and eBay’s bootleg promos were the alternative channels, but nothing beat the physicality of holding that CD in your hands.
Fast-forward to today, and it’s not just the music but the medium itself that has changed dramatically. Steve Jobs redefined how we consumed music with the introduction of iTunes and the iPod. Online platforms like Beatport, Traxsource, and JunoDownload capitalized on this shift, evolving into formidable businesses catering to a dedicated niche of house music lovers.
The influence of UK-based labels like Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi cannot be underestimated in the Millennial House Music Classics scene. But times have changed; US-based Ultra Records and Spinnin’ Records have stepped in to fill the void, stretching its influence into mainstream genres. The growth of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in recent years, often seen as the heir to house music, has reshaped the industry landscape even more.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Millennial House Music was all produced in high-end studios. The democratization of music-making, facilitated by advancements in technology, means that aspiring artists can now generate professional-level tracks from the comfort of their bedrooms. With smartphones now more powerful than the original iPod, our music libraries have become as mobile as we are, available for streaming anytime, anywhere.
So, let’s release our minds and dive into the tracks. From Soul Avengerz and Angie Brown’s “Sing” to Grant Nelson’s remix of Negrocan’s feel-good “Cada Vez,” each tune encapsulates a moment in the Millennial House saga. Blaze’s “Most Precious Love 2006,” featuring Barbara Tucker and remixed by Freemasons, is a shimmering epitome of vocal house. Then there’s “MyMyMy” by Armand Van Helden feat. Tara McDonald, remixed by Stonebridge—a track that encapsulates the fusion of electronic elements and soulful vocals. Lastly, “Shackles (Praise You)” by Mary Mary, remixed by Maurice, resonates as a crossover hit that blends gospel, house, and pure infectious energy.
I’d like to tip my hat to pioneers like Steve Jobs and even Napster for taking off the shackles. It’s time to explore these Millennial House Music Classics that have been both evolutionary and revolutionary.
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album : Release Your Mind | Millennial House Classics v3
Genre : House
Year : 2014
Total Time : 01:17:13
1. Soul Avengerz feat. Angie Brown – Sing (Club Mix)
2. Blaze pres. Barbara Tucker – Most Precious Love 2006 (Freemasons Proper Club Mix)
3. Soulshaker feat. Lorraine Brown – Hypnotic Erotic Games (Soulshaker Club Mix)
4. Armand Van Helden feat. Tara McDonald – MyMyMy (Stondebridge Remix)
5. The Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme (Extended Vocal Mix)
6. Agnes – Release Me (Cahill Club Edit)
7. Gusto – Disco’s Revenge (Freemasons Vocal Mix)
8. Syke ‘N’ Sugarstarr – Release Your Mind 2008 (Richard Earnshaw Remix)
9. Craft B. feat. Nica Brooke – Summer Voyage [Cover Me] (DJ Rudd Full Vocal Edit)
10. Soul Conspiracy feat. Ja’Quita – Life (Original Mix)
11. Negrocan – Cada Vez (Grant Nelson Vocal Mix)
12. Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You) (Maurice’s Carnival 2000 Mix)