It’s that time of year again; and what a roller coaster year this has been; not just for me in my professional life or for Britney, Amy, Paris, Nicole & Lindsey, the flailing housing market, rising gas prices or even a sadistic administration that is the true access of evil; but more importantly club music. Every ten years or so, musical styles and tastes begin to evolve. Often times, pop music is nothing more than a reflection of decades past and a direct result of the social issues surrounding us at that time.
We’ve witnessed how alternative music has reached back to the eighties for the “garage band” sound and are now seeing low tech electro-pop music come back into fashion as well. In fact, Erasure who never really changed their sound is now back in style; even if the masses didn’t gravitate to their superior and much under-appreciated “Light At The End Of The World” album. More importantly, we are witnessing the comeback of (dare I say it) DISCO! Apparently, that word remains a bit of a stigma in the minds of people; so the politically correct thing is to call it FUNK. Fine, whatever tickles your pickle, but at the end of the day, it’s still disco; just with a funkier edge. You don’t need to look any further than the remixes by some of my current heroes Moto Blanco, Freemasons, Seamus Haji and the Bassmonkeys to see the overwhelming acceptance on the dance floor, and I predict finally on radio in 2008.
We are also seeing the decline of this big room progressive sound in the way of Circuit music. While the deeper beats and darker sound will always be around, much of it is transforming itself into heavy electro. You can thank Jody Den Broeder and his ilk for that. While not my favorite producer, he has had a stellar coming out year, remixing many of the number ones that resided on Billboard’s dance chart. These changes often reflect the mood of the nation. Certainly being under attack and at war, living under the oppression of an arrogant regime has contributed heavily to the dark renderings of club music that had been so prevalent for the past several years. So much so, I almost gave it all up.
Fortunately, it’s these very changes I’ve been witnessing that have renewed my sense of belief in what club music is and always should be; That is to say that club songs are seemingly about nothing, “he said-she said”, “you done me wrong, so get your ass out the door”, “I’m so in love with you”…etc. Elvis Costello once said, “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding?” Well, nothing really; and that is why that theme has been steadily appearing in club music as well.
For better or worse, the various genres of club music are here to stay, at least for now. We’ll see another evolution take place in another ten years or so. One thing that will always be a constant is that clubbing is all about frivolous fun. It’s an opportunity to escape the realities of everyday life. In the end, it’s all good.
With that being said, I bring you the first of my Party Favorz 2007 Year-End Edition; Mainstream Club. If you’re one of those that’s boogieing till the peak of dawn, then this one’s for you! Download and burn this to CD for posterity sake. Ten years from now, you’ll be glad you did.
Album : Year-end Edition 2007 | Volume 1
Genre : Circuit, Electro-House
Year : 2007
Total Time : 01:59:04
1. Kat Deluna feat. Elephant Man – Whine Up (Johnny Vicious Party Mixshow Drama)
2. Kim English – My Destiny (Kobbe & Austin Leeds Club Mix)
3. Britney Spears – Gimme More (Junior Vasquez & Johnny Vicious Club Mix)
4. Christina Aguilera – Hurt (Chris Cox Club Mix)
5. The Killers – Read My Mind (Pet Shop Boys Stars Are Blazing Mix)
6. Nelly Furtado – Do It (Passengerz Remix)
7. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – Umbrella (Jody Den Broeder Lush Club Remix)
8. Hilary Duff – With Love (Houzecrushers Club Mix)
9. Kristine W – Walk Away (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Evolution Mix)
10. Lady Sovereign – Love Me Or Hate Me (Friscia & Lamboy Dirty Club Mix)
11. Beyonce – Irreplaceable (Ralphi & Craig Mixshow Edit)
12. Cahill feat. Nikki Belle – Trippin On You (Wawa Vocal Mix)
13. Bob Sinclar feat. Big Ali & Dollarman – Rock This Party [Everybody Dance Now] (London 909 Main)
14. Georgie Porgie – I Believe (Josh Harris Club Mix)
15. Speakerbox – Time (Wideboys Club Mix)
16. Justin Timberlake – Lovestoned [I Think She Knows] (Tiesto Remix)
17. Nelly Furtado – Say It Right (Orangefuzzz Pronounced Club Mix)
18. Inaya Day vs. Bill Bennett – Breakaway (Bill Bennett’s Anthem Club Mix)