I’m guessing between 1996 and 1998, there was a clear shift in dance music. Trance had bubbled up from the underground and illegal rave parties to the mainstream, while Soul Solution (Ernie Lake and Bobby Guy) had started a new big-house sound making them the go-to producers for the major and independent labels. Club 69 (Peter Rauhofer) went from smooth gay house music to big tribal circuit-style beats, while Hex Hector, Ralph Rosario, Victor Calderone, Tony Moran, Razor N’ Guido & Johnny Vicious (among others) were perfecting their own sound for a new generation of party-goers. By 1999, all bets were off and these folks dominated the charts as well as the clubs.
That’s not to say classic house music had died, it just began a slow and steady evolution and frankly, today has come full-circle. I guess the saying goes “what’s old is new and what’s new is now old.”
I didn’t get back into the scene and playing at clubs until 1999, but my interest was already sparked in 1996 when I picked up a copy of Kristine W’s Land of the Living album and Funky Green Dogs Fired Up maxi. There was definitely something in the air and I was totally feeling it.
I have to say, after working out the Year-End Edition for 1998 and 1997, these are quite possibly the hardest sets I’ve put together in a very long time. One, I’m not intimately familiar with most of the songs and two because of the varying styles (i.e. Trance, House, and Circuit) made it pretty damn challenging. Ultimately, I kept a few of the massive Trance bangers but dropped most from the set list to keep things more cohesive. If Trance is your thing, then swing on over to the three-part Trance Classics I put out a while back.
Perfect? Not even close; but I think I did a pretty damn good job. I’ll let you folks decide. For now, sit back and enjoy some of the best dance music 1998 had to offer.
Album : Year-End Edition 1998 | volume 1
Genre : Circuit, House, Progressive
Year : 1998
Total Time : 01:25:45
1. Reina – Find Another Woman (Hex Hector Main Club Mix)
2. David Morales pres. The Face feat. Juliet Roberts – Needin’ U (12” Mix)
3. Cevin Fisher’s Big Freak – The Freaks Come Out (Sharp Freaks At Trade Mix)
4. Shania Twain – From This Moment On (Soul Solution Remix)
5. No Mercy – Kiss You All Over (Johnny Vicious Ova Club Mix)
6. Todd Terry pres. Shannon – It’s Over Love (Funky Green Dogs Miami Club Mix)
7. Mousse T. vs. Hot ‘N’ Juicy – Horny ’98 (Mousse T.’s Extended Mix)
8. So Pure feat. Sheleen Thomas – Changes (Soul Solution Vocal Mix)
9. House Of Prince – Perfect Love (Club 69 & Peter Rauhofer’s Universal Mix)
10. Kimara Lovelace – Circles (Hex Hector Club Mix)
11. Lisa Stansfield – I’m Leavin’ (Hex Hector Club Mix)
12. Dario G – Sunchyme (Original)