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Title: Tonite - reviewed on 07/30/00
Artist: BAD BOYS BLUE
Label: 2000 Coconut Records/BMG (Germany)
Style: Dance
Index #: 74321 77969 2
Review:
BAD BOYS BLUE - Tonite New release from BAD BOYS BLUE well etablished classic DANCE group. Similar to the album "Follow The Light" released last year songs for this album were mostly written by Uwe Haselsteiner and Heiko Scheider as well as by original writers back from glorius BAD BOYS BLUE years: Tony Hendrik and Karen van Haaren. As you probably know by now Mo Russell left the group and his place took Kevin McCoy (aka JoJo Max), who previously was guest RAPPER for some of groups songs. Now he is fully part of the group. The new offering gives you 14 songs majority of them produced by Hendrik/Hartman and co-produced by Andy Matern that recently left Coconut Record. First song featured in this album I'll Be Good" has been already released as a single CD couple of weeks ago, all other tracks are brand new. This as well as several other tracks featured were written by Hendrik/Hartman the team of writers responsible for group's 80's success have the flavor of the sound the group was famous of, so fans of classic sound of BAD BOYS BLUE should be pleased. "Do What You Do", the next song has been done in catchy POP/NRG style. "S.O.S. For Love" is featured in two versions and one of them with JoJo rap. This one do have some reminescences of classic sound yet produced more in POP/NRG genre delivers great sound, vocals and production. Another track "Waiting For Tonight" falls into same category with trendy style, makes this one very updated and exciting offering. "Somewhere In My Heart" gives the classic sound we know BAD BOYS BLUE from. Outstanding production with high dose of dance intensity. Also incredible production has been done for "I Wanna Fly". This fare has anything we dream of. Excellent sound, great rhythm and outstanding melody line. "You Take Me To The Light" delivers very sophisticated HIGH-ENERGY sound with pounding rhythm and interesting synths works. Another classic-to-be. If you want more classic sound "Close Your Eyes" is one to check. If you would like to cool down a bit check POP oriented "Heaven Must Be Missing You". Taken together this album is very well done and should be part of your collection. Fans of group should be delighted. Good job dudes!!! For sound sampler I prepared the mix containing 6 tracks from this releases.

For more info about the group, please refer to my Bad Boys Blue Page
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01. I'll Be Good - 3:54
02. Do What You Do - 3:32
03. S.O.S. For Love - 3:36
04. Waiting For Tonight - 3:35
05. Somewhere In My Heart - 3:50 (1)
06. I Wanna Fly - 3:50 (2)
07. Take A Piece Of My Heart - 3:49
08. You Take Me to The Light - 3:34 (3)
09. Close Your Eyes - 3:22 (6)
10. Heaven Must Be Missing You - 3:18
11. You're The Reason - 3:51 (5)
12. Love Really Hurts Without You - 3:59
13. S.O.S. For Love (Rap Edit) - 3:07 (4)
14. Do What You Do (Rap Edit) - 3:40

( ) - number in parenthesis indicates the order in sound

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Title: Album - reviewed on 07/30/00
Artist: HIT'N'HIDE
Label: 2000 Scandinavian Records (Denmark)
Style: Eurodance/EuroNRG
Index #: SRCD 54294
Review:
HIT'N'HIDE - Album What can I say? Seems we have been blessed with DANCE music based on so many albums released in this genre within last weeks. This time Danish project HIT'N'HIDE is finally with new material. Christina Schack & Morgan Jalsing, members of this group delivered well done and musically outstanding release. The album starts with their current single "Come Come Come" previously reviewed in SINGLES section. This album is full of fierce EURODANCE you can just cannot get enough of. Take "Kingdom of Eternity" for instance. A masculine NRG, glorious monster ala LA CREAM. Terrific production on edge of NRG and BUBBLE GUM. with sizzling synth and melodic lines. Equally energetic is "Run Run". With pounding rhythm this tune delivers unquestionable excitement and dance pleasure. Christina gives high-charging performance in this one. In "Stay" group gave a TRANCEY background to this otherwise pure seductive NRG tune. Another contemporary dance masterpiece. Same TRANCEY touch has group's hit "Space Invaders" in it's 2000 edition. Not really a true BUBBLE GUM as it was in it's original version, but rather a powerful NRG/TRANCE fare. If you eager to listen to more EURO-NRG, you gotta check "Lonely Raider". Very invigorated tune with vocals that is a highlight of this one. Again, seems to me the influence of LA CREAM inspired this excellent tune that surely is floor-packer. Not all the tracks are DANCE, for instance "Guardian Angel" is after hours almost R&B tune with some RAP in it. Taken together HIDE'N'HIDE album is one of the best DANCE albums released up-this-year. With dynamic, beat and excellent production album delivers powerful dance experience, you should all enjoy a lot. For sound sampler I picked up 6 tracks and mixed them for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
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01. On Stage Tonight - 1:00
02. Come Come Come - 3:37
03. Kingdom Of Eternity - 3:30 (2)
04. Run Run - 3:09 (3)
05. If You Really Want Me - 3:05
06. I Don't Wanna Leave - 3:59 (4)
07. Whisper You're Mine - 3:57
08. Stay - 3:40 (5)
09. Lonely Rider - 3:15 (6)
10. Guardian Angel - 3:59
11. Say Goodnight - 3:11
12. Space Inviders (2000 Remix) - 4:05 (1)

( ) - number in parenthesis indicates the order in sound

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Title: Sheffield - reviewed on 07/24/00
Artist: SCOOTER
Label: 2000 Sheffield Tunes/Edel Records (Germany)
Style: Progressive/Techno
Index #: 011051-2 STU
Review:
SCOOTER - Sheffield SCOOTER has established strong position in German TECHNO scene and have fans all over the world. Few weeks SCOTTER released single "I'm Your Pusher" (check VIDEO SECTION for clip of this tune) from this newly released album entitled "Sheffield". Twelve brand new songs include also the mentioned single that is probably still the best track from the album. Introductory song "MC's Missing" carries the old Scottish folk elements present also in second dynamic "Don't Gimme The Funk". As a matter of fact the Scotish folk music is present in entire album. "Don't Gimme The Funk" has powerful synth work and interestingly built orchestration. The song has also LIVE audience giving this TECHNO/TRANCE track very specific stadion-like climate. Another track "Where Do We Go?" is also dynamic TECHNO track with beatifully arranged TRANCE elements that grows with track progressing to the middle section. Fully instrumental beauty with after hour feeling. I really wanted to dance to in in the beach when the sun was going down. "Sex Dwarf" will stimulate your senses. T.H. Baxxter gives you a high speed TECHNO with sexual oriented theme. You guessed right from the titlle and love making sound that you will encounter listening to this song. SCOOTER also shifted to other type of sounds. For instance in "She's The Sun" you have very ENIGMA-alike slow beat, well, T.H. BAXXTER is no SANDRA from ENIGMA yet he did very well in this slower, quite sensual fare. "Space Cowboy" is another TECHNO-HOUSE fare with PROGRESSIVE edge. Frantic beats mixed with cosmic-like synths gives you space-battle fare. Very dramatic and extremely well produced. If you would like to deep yourself into more psychodelic mood, "Never Slow Down" will do the job quite well. This one is combination TECHNO and FUNKY with quite interesting outcome. Also "Down To The Bone" will take you to transcendental journey into space music. Slow instrumentation abruptly interrupted with high BPM beats gives this fare ELECTRO-BEAT feeling in the end. You feel like you are riding a cosmic horse and travel thru different worlds. Turn this one up when listening. The richness of instrumentation used to compsed this track will amaze you. Taken together this newest offering from SCOOTER is very good. This album is not exactly dance album per se, however as such will do good. Many featured tracks you should just listen to and appreciate groups talent like galloping "Dusty Vinyl" for instance. I am sure fans of SCOOTER will welcome this album with enthusiasm like with every release from this truly talented trio. For sound sampler I prepared the mix with 8 songs featured in this release.

For more info about the group, visit group's official page at www.scooter-music.de
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01. MC's Missing - 01:16
02. Don't Gimme The Funk - 04:13 (1)
03. I'm Your Pusher - 03:59 (2)
04. Where Do We Go? - 04:06 (3)
05. Sex Dwarf - 04:20 (4)
06. She's The Sun - 04:54
07. Space Cowboy - 05:51 (5)
08. Never Slow Down - 03:56
09. Down To The Bone - 04:11 (6)
10. Summer Wine - 03:58
11. Dusty Vinyl - 04:53 (7)
12. Cubic - 05:05 (8)

( ) - number in parenthesis indicates the order in sound sampler from this album

If you want to buy this album or other great euro releases, visit www.europemusic.com


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Title: Dance City - reviewed on 07/24/00
Artist: PAFFENDORF
Label: 2000 Gang Go Music/Edel Records (Germany)
Style: Progressive/Techno
Index #: 011043 2 GAG
Review:
PAFFENDORF - Dance City This German project is recording since 1998. Group released all together 6 singles with most recent "Where Are You" and "Everybody Scream". Behind the project are Gottfried Engels and Ramon Zenker who is also responsible for other projects like INTERACTIVE for instance. PAFFENDORF is a TECHNO formation and songs from this genre are mostly featured in this finally released debut album. I hope you already know these 6 singles that appeared in this album since I already presented some of them in several reviews on compilations released by various German labels. So let me focus on some brand new fares. "Make Me Believe" is of course TECHNO track with TRANCE enge and computerized male vocals. Very rhythmic with interesting synth arrangements and perfect production. This one if released as a single could be a great club track. "Happy Apple (My Sweet Love)" is fast ELECTRO-FUNK with beach feeling. I am sure it will do great in IBIZA beach parties at late hours. Female blue-eye vocal adds very relaxing feeling to otherwise quite dynamic monster. Great instrumental work as well. Classic PAFFENDORF sound we well know from tracks like "Smile" for instance is present in "Shout it Out". This TECHNO with INDUSTRIAL shade fare carries load of heavy beats and dark-edged instrumentation. Typical ELECTRO BEAT is featured in "Theme from Dance City", however it is also enhanced by good synths works making this tune an interesting offering. Taken together, this debut album by PAFFENDORF is nice addendum to the TECHNO collection for fans of this style. For sound sampler I prepared mix containing 7 tunes taken from this album.
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01. Everybody Scream - 03:20 (1)
02. Make Me Believe - 05:38 (2)
03. Smile - 03:17
04. Where Are You - 03:27 (3)
05. Happy Apple (My Sweet Love) - 05:57 (4)
06. Terminator 2 Theme: Main Title - 05:27 (5)
07. Shout It Out - 06:01 (6)
08. Carramba - 04:27
09. Ruf Mich An - 03:11
10. Theme From "Dance City" - 04:33
11. Allnight - 03:17
12. The Story - 04:27 (7)

( ) - number in parenthesis indicates the order in sound sampler from this album

If you want to buy this album or other great euro releases, visit www.europemusic.com


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Title: Mystery - reviewed on 07/22/00
Artist: MISSING HEART
Label: 2000 Intercord (Japan)
Style: Eurodance
Index #: TOCP-64069
Review:

MISSING HEART - Mystery If you are devoted fan of BROS team (JOHN O'FLYNN, DAVID BRANDES, FELIX GAUDER & DOMENICO LABARILLE) who writes and produces still one of the best EURODANCE sound, should be excited about this album released on May 31, 2000. MISSING HEART was a short lasting project established around 1996. You might remember two incredible singles "Charlene" and "Moonlight Shadow". Voice for the project at that time was provided by LYANE LEIGH a leading vocalist of E-ROTIC, group also produced by BROS team. It took almost 3 years to have the album released. I was actually suprised it would happen, because after LYANE LEIGH left BROS team of producers, MISSING HEART project was halted. However, seems that the idea of the project somehow remained alive. Album "Mistery" features a new born in Hong Kong vocalist MISS MANU (October, 28, 1978) with equally good voice as LYANE's. As you see, the album was released by Japanese label INTERCORD JAPAN and I am not sure if there are plans of releasing it in Europe. Once again, the demand for great EURODANCE sound in Japan allowed BROS Team to create yet another exciting release in this genre. Keep in mind that recent album by E-ROTIC was also released first in Japan and again by the same label. "Mistery" features 14 tracks including two forementioned singles. You will notice that BROS Team is reaching for more updated sound with extensive usage of synthesizers. All fans of the genre should get this one. The album is good, and proved that virtually every release from the team, warrants great dance sound. Unfortunately, none of featured new songs are as dramatic as original two singles MISSING HEART released back in 1996 and 1997. Possibly, if some tunes from this album will be released as singles we might be blessed with enriched sound and additional mixes. There are songs that will please you though and are very well written and produced. Tracks like "Tears In May", "Save The Last Dance For Me", "Hearts Of Ice" or "Fly Away" have great melodic lines and exceptionally well balanced synths. You will also find here "Queen Of Light" from most recent European release of E-ROTIC album. To give you some idea about the sound I prepared the mix containing 7 tracks. The purchase of this album might be quite "pricy" (it costed me about $39.00 to get it !!!) but if you are truly devoted to the EURODANCE the price is meaningless :-) ENJOY!

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01. Intro - 1:40
02. Tears In May - 4:12 (1)
03. Prison Of Passion - 4:06
04. Queen Of Light - 3:58
05. Save The Last Dance For Me - 4:19 (2)
06. In Aeternum - 3:53
07. Hearts Of Ice - 3:38 (3)
08. Fly Away - 4:17 (4)
09. Nights In Heaven - Days In Hell - 3:20 (5)
10. The Last Kiss - 3:40
11. Charlene - 4:03 (6)
12. A Heart Will Pass By - 4:10
13. Moonlight Shadow - 3:57 (7)
14. In Aeternum (Remix) - 5:45

( ) - number in parenthesis indicates the order in sound sampler from this album


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Title: Strip Down - reviewed on 07/22/00
Artist: FANCY
Label: 2000 69 Records/Jupiter Records (Germany)
Style: Dance/Pop
Index #: 74321 76433 2
Review:

FANCY - Strip Down Last year FANCY delivered an exceptional DANCE album "D.I.S.C.O." that was produced and written in most part by BROS team. The new album entitled "Strip Down" released on June 19, 2000 is written in most part by Hamid Varzi, Charlie Glass and Ric Tess (FANCY himself in disguise). We already had the single from this album: "We Can Move The Mountain" used by FANCY in his Eurovision 2000 performance. The particular single brought an interesting "classic" FANCY sound and I hoped in announced the return of this sound in his repertoir. It actually did not happen. The entire album is rather a risky experiment. FANCY went to the music laboratory and tested himself in variuous genres. We already know that the RAP versions of his songs are not necessary the best offerings by this artist who's asset is an incredibly velvet voice that fits perfectly with melodic lines and more mellow music. The first song in the album "Gimme A Sign" is rather good POP song. The beginning reminds me EIFFEL 65 but the similarity ends after intial beats. Song has energy nicely built in. This track has potential to become commercial hit. In "Seniorita" FANCY tested himself in LATINO sound. While the melodic line might actually remind a bit this sound, track remains more within POP/ENERGY style. Yet another experiment is title song "Strip Down". This fare melts TRIBAL, HOUSE, NRG sound with RAP. I am not sure what FANCY was trying to achieve here, but the result is actually annoying. Maybe too many ingredients :-). Well, next experiment is rather SOUL-oriented !!! "Dreams Come True". FANCY used black rapper to enhance the track. Seems to me his laboratory is getting crowded and definately too busy. "I Love You ... What's Your Name" is relatively fast tune done in HOUSE with distinct DREAM sound provided by piano section. I Need You" is probably one of the most interesting tracks in this album. The main theme brings back the sound of FANCY similar to "We Can Move A Mountain". Also "Rumble In The Jungle" is a nice DANCE offering with some TRIBAL elements as well. If you are into EURO-REGGAE you should enjoy "I Can't Forget You". This one should do well in beach parties close to what MR. PRESIDENT`achieved with their "Coco Jamboo" few years back. The words to this tune was written by John O'Flynn from BROS.. The last track in this album "A Neverending Ride" is another good DANCE track in which FANCY gives his "classic" touch. Taken together the album seems to be the test FANCY gives to his fans to determine if he still remains in "mainstream". Rather risky test, but it is you who can give him positive or negative feedback. If you know FANCY, be prepared for rollercoaster ride and new sound in many tracks. Test yourself if you can handle it! While I admire FANCY courage I am not convinced if new image he is trying to create will make him more popular. In contrary, he might lose his devoted fans. I personally still belive that albums like his previous "D.I.S.C.O." will happen again, and maybe FANCY will turn for assistance to BROS team for more dramatic DANCE sound. For sound sampler I picked 6 tracks mostly in DANCE genre.

For more info about the group, please refer to my FANCY Page

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01. Gimme A Sign - 3:32 (5)
02. Senorita - 3:49
03. Strip Down - 4:29
04. Dreams Come True - 3:29
05. We Can Move A Mountain - 3:46 (6)
06. I Love You … What's Your Name ? - 3:38
07. How Do I Feel ? (feat. Linda Jo Rizzo) - 3:11 (2)
08. I Need You - 4:08 (4)
09. Rumble In The Jungle - 5:17
10. What Kinda Horny (Medley) - 5:18
- Gimme A Sign - 1:26
- We Can Move A Mountain - 1:25
- How Do I Feel ? - 0:45
- Strip Down - 1:42

BONUS TRACKS:
11. I Can't Forget You - 3:59 (1)
12. A Neverending Ride (3)

( ) - number in parenthesis indicates the order in sound sampler from this album

If you want to buy this album or other great euro releases, visit www.europemusic.com


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Title: Best Of Masterboy - reviewed on 07/22/00
Artist: MASTERBOY
Label: 2000 Zeigeist/Polydor (Germany)
Style: Eurodance
Index #: 543 545 2, 543 364 2 (LIMITED EDITION)
Review:

MASTERBOY - Best Of All fans of MASTERBOY were waiting for group's new album. You got it! Not exactly "totally brand new" though. The album entitled "Best of Masterboy" supposed to be compedium of what group did in last ten years. Fans of MASTERBOY well know that after 1996, frequency of new releases became erratic and original EURODANCE style the group was famous of, practically vanished from MASTERBOY repertoir. Group also changed female vocalist three times (Trixy Delgado vel. Beatrice Obrecht [until summer 1996], Linda Rocco [until summer 1998] and recently Annabell Kay). No matter how good MASTERBOY production is, Trixy was probably the best match for both Enrico and Tommy. Anyway, If you want to "refresh" your memory and listen to all previous and present female vocalists, this album should help you to achieve this goal. In January 2000, MASTERBOY released single "I Like To Like It" and recently (June 13, 2000) "Feel The Heat 2000", an updated version of this 1994 classic (here you can easily compare vocals of Trixy with one by Annabell Kay). Both titles are included in this album along with classics like original "Feel The Heat Of The Night", "Anybody", "Generation of Love" or "Land Of Dreaming". Titles from early years of MASTERBOY like "Dance To The Beat" from 1990 or "Shake It Up And Dance" are also featured. Album contains more recent titles as well, just to mention: "Porque Te Vas", "Just For You" or "I Like To Like It". You will also find here "Nights Of Broadway", title that was never released as CD single, and I know many of you searched for this one in the past. Album contains also previously unreleased tracks like: "El Ritmo". This is LATINO-ENERGY tune. Very happy, perfectly fit for beach parties. It does not matter if you are fan of the group or newbie to EURODANCE, you should have this album. I hope MASTERBOY is back in dance floor and will deliver great dance sound as they did in the past.

Album was released also in it's LIMITED EDITION. The difference between the regular and LIMITED is presence of second CD containing an official "MASTERBOY MEGA-HIT-MIX" with 13 songs, intro and outro. The track listing below is taken from this LIMITED EDITION. As far as I know, it is available from EuropeMusic. So you better get it while it lasts. For sound sampler I have chosen 6 tracks from this album containing both classic and some unreleased tunes. Enjoy!

For more info about the group, please visit my Masterboy page or their official site at
www.session-group.de

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CD 1 - MASTERBOY BEST OF ALBUM
01. Feel The Heat 2000 - 3:22 (1)
02. Porque Te Vas - 3:28
03. Generation Of Love - 3:38 (3)
04. Land Of Dreaming - 3:34
05. I Like To Like It - 3:40
06. I Got To Give It Up - 3:35 (4)
07. Is This The Love - 3:43 (5)
08. Everybody Needs Somebody - 3:55
09. Anybody (Movin' On) - 3:52
10. Different Dreams - 3:44
11. Feel The Heat Of The Night - 3:46 (2)
12. El Ritmo - 3:22 (8)
13. Masterboy Theme - 4:20
14. Dance To The Beat - 3:44
15. Shake It Up And Dance - 3:27 (6)
16. Mister Feeling - 3:50
17. Show Me Colours - 3:33
18. I Want To Break Free - 3:25 (7)
19. La Ola Hand In Hand - 3:43
20. Nights On Broadway - 3:36
21. Just For You - 3:44

CD 2 - MASTERBOY MEGA-HIT-MIX 20:57
01. Intro
02. Anybody
03. Generation Of Love
04. Feel The Heat Of The Night
05. Is This The Love
06. I Got To Give It Up
07. Different Dreams
08. Show Me Colours
09. Feel The Heat 2000
10. I Like To Like It
11. Dance To The Beat
12. Porque Te Vas
13. Mister Feeling
14. Land Of Dreaming
15. Outro

( ) - number in parenthesis indicates the order in sound sampler from this album

If you want to buy this album or other great euro releases, visit www.europemusic.com

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Title: Official EURO 2000 Album - reviewed on 06/24/00
Artist: VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label: 2000 Universal Records (Germany)
Style: Dance
Index #: 159 115-2
Review:
Official Euro 2000 Album This CD album is another memorabilia provided for the most important soccer event in Europe - European Football Championship. Special occasion is always it's 2000 Edition. This is a very unique album in many senses. It brings together top artists from around Europe celebrating their passion for this game by creating new tracks soecifically for this occassion. While some of them are based on rhythms and tunes that are characteristic sound in stadions, there are many newly created to capture the same feeling. Some of you might have reservations. Another "celebrating" compilation. Absolutely NOT!!! This is a truly stunning album. If you have recently visited my SINGLES Review section and read the review of the Official Anthem for this event by E-TYPE - "Campione 2000", you probably know what I am going to say. I seldom was very surprised to see so many BIG names and so many new tracks and trust me, you will love most of them! Have I ever give you a wrong tip? Look what you are getting! DARIO G revamped his "Carnaval" hit and created updated 2000 version. Nothing better could captivate the unique, festival atmosphere. Especially latino folks will love this one. DJ JURGEN wrote an "Aïda 2000" (yes! Verdi's motiv theme is there). This track does remind a bit of ALICE DEEJAY but it is just because of melodic line. otherwise the sound is quite original, and o'my! Would Verdi approve it? :-) Also HAMPENBERG, representing Danish TECHNO scene wrote a new tune "Football Football". This is happy track even with cymbal section. You will also find tracks by such projects as U 96 with "Football Is The Game", WESTBAM UNITED with "U" , T-SPOON featuring DJ FC with "F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L.". and of course E-TYPE with the "Campione 2000" (if you want to know about this particular track visit SINGLES reviewed in 2000" section). One of my favorite track is very dramatic "Formula Football" by PERFECTO FC. This tune delivers the feeling, the experience, the beats, practically everything. With so many top artists, top tunes, different genres of DANCE music you hardly can go wrong. I picked 6 tracks from this album and mixed them together. Enjoy the sound and try to find this gem! You will not be dissapointed!

01. E-TYPE - Campione 2000
02. DARIO G - Carnaval 2000 (Rapino Brothers Mix)
03. PERFECTO FC - Formula Football (6)
04. FAT LES 2000 - Jerusalem (Pet Shop Boys Mix)
05. EUROSTARS - Olé Olé Olé Olé (Anderlecht Champion) (Metaphonic Mix)
06. DJ JEAN Party Time
07. DJ JURGEN - Aïda 2000 (3)
08. WESTBAM UNITED - U
09. PAUL VAN DYK - Out There And Back
10. HAMPENBERG - Football Football (2)
11. NAGANO ALL STARS - Push It To The Limit (DJ Jurgen Mix) (1)
12. SHAFT - Euro Chant 2000 K
13. T-SPOON feat. DJ - FC F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L. (5)
14. ENGLAND SUPPORTERS BAND - Great Escape 2000 (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Mix)
15. KETAMA - Augustio (EURO 2000 Mix)
16. REPUBLICA - Ready To Go
17. BIG ROOM - Drum-Loc
18. FRESH B - Koy Kaleye Koy
19. U 96 - Football Is The Game (4)
20. FAT LES 2000 - Jersusalem
21. CF FONOTRON - Campione 2000 (MCM Mix)

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Title: Back To Life - reviewed on 06/24/00
Artist: PREZIOSO feat. MARVIN
Label: 2000 Media Records (Germany)
Style: Euro-Pop/Techno/Trance
Index #: 74321 75709-2
Review:
PREZIOSO feat. MARVIN - Back To Life After celebrating the fame with singles like "Tell Me Why" and "Let Me Stay" Italian artists GIORGIO and ANDREA PREZIOSO along with MARVIN are back in their album "Back To Life". If you heard both singles you might think you will get mostly EURO-POP on this album. Well... You are into surprise! The album starts with lasting almost 6 minutes "Ouverture". Tune starts slow and sounds almost like intro ENIGMA album. After more than 2 minutes get's into TRANCE mode. Second song "Voices" get you into the beat. Some similarities to EIFFEL 65 in here, with high pitched male vocal in some sections. "I Wonder Why" brings together TRANCE and EURO-POP to nicely shaped dance tune. There are actually many hybrids like this one just to mention: "Goodbye Girl" or the title song "Back To Life" that again has some synth lines that sounds EIFFEL 65 alike. Please don't get mislead, PREZIOSO has it's own sound distinct, it just that EIFFEL 65 brought quite a new sound and some Italians groups follow the trend. Album has some "twisted" tracks that are very cool! For instance "Emergency 911" is TECHNO/TRANCE track that reminds me some ACID sound back from late 80's. It also has a lot of energy especially developing in the middle of it. Another one "Gimme A Beat" mix some POP with DRUM'N'BASS and TECHNO/TRANCE sound. The result is quite amazing! With good rhythm and fast beat you want to dance into it right away. "Goodbye Girl" is another interesting tune where BACKSTREET BOYS-like sound is crossed with uptempo HIP-TECHNO. Taken together, this is very well done album, proving again that Italians have something in their blood to make dance hits instantenously. In sound sampler I feature 6 tracks from this album in the mix. Enjoy!

For more info about the group, visit their official page at
www.prezioso.de
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01. Ouverture - 5:25 (1)
02. Voices - 4:05 (4)
03. I Wonder Why - 4:14 (2)
04. The First Picture Of You - 4:09
05. Gimme A Beat - 5:05 (6)
06. Let Me Stay - 3:53
07. Emergency 911 - 4:26 (5)
08. Goodbye Girl - 6:24
09. Tell Me Why - 4:31
10. Rock The Discothek - 4:41 (3)
11. Back To Life - 4:09
12. Sweet Love - 4:41

( ) - number in parenthesis indicates the order in sound sampler from this album

If you want to buy this album or other great euro releases, visit www.europemusic.com

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Title: Songs Of Tomorrow - reviewed on 06/12/00
Artist: RICHI M
Label: 2000 Stockholm Records (Sweden)
Style: Alternative Trance/Dream
Index #: 157 317-2
Review:
RICHI M - Songs Of Tomorrow I have to admit. I liked Richi M starting from his first briliant single "Perfect World" released back in 1998. I was stunned by his music instinct. The beauty of his first and follow-up singles, made me believe that Richi M is clearly new and to be successful happening on dance scene. I was not mistaken when his first album entitled like his first single "Perfect World" was released. This new second in his discography album "Songs Of Tomorrow" further proves his enormous talent. When I put this CD into my player I immediately entered the world of transcendental fantasy. The intro: "Meaning Of Life" performed by angelic Gillian Reid is calming you down and preparing you for the incoming journey into the sea of electronic-driven world of imagination and fantasy. The journey starts with "Lovely Lily" released few months ago as first single from this album with haunting female voice of Nahrin Garis. The tale trip continues with Arabian-driven "Emaho". Beatifully crafted fierce TRANCE track with incredible synths and very high voice provided by Chime Topgyal. Richi M seems to be fascinated by oriental sound. For instance, in "Shandar" he used oriental elements and vocals provided surely by Nahrin Garis. Stunning! In the other one, more PROGRESSIVE oriented tracks like "Space Clubbin' " he used BROOKLYN BOUNCE formula yet the track is truly original. Another dramatic tune: "Another Day" is a sizzling EURO TRANCE and DREAM oriented tune once again with the voice of Nahrin Garis. One of the most interesting track out of this album. For another pounding track you should check "Here I Am" with French female vocals it adds to spectacular mystic effect! Another song in this album "Popcorn" will be released as a single in July 2000. This is a classic tune written by Kingsley when electronic era started roughly more than 20 years ago, yet Richi M gave it more TECHNO/TRANCE sound. The album closes "The Song Of Tomorrow". This almost 9:00 minute song is bring your journey to the end. To achieve an incredibly DREAM effect he used haunting voice of Gillian Reid and samplers taken from "Symphony Of Voices" and "Diamond Vocals". Very ENIGMA-like tune. It is perfect finish for a perfect album. This album contains tracks that you can dance, you can listen to or you can contemplate with. Truly a gem. As a bonus, CD includes also a video clip of "Lovely Lily". For sound sampler I picked up 8 out of 13 tracks so you can have better feeling about this release. You should get this album, without it, your world of music will miss important part.

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001. Meaning Of Life - intro -01:50
002. Lovely Lily - 03:10
003. Emaho - 08:00 (4)
004. Popcorn - 03:34 (5)
005. RM. FM. - 01:00
006. Space Clubbin' - 06:32 (6)
007. Here I Am - 04:18 (7)
008. Shandar - 06:22 (8)
009. Area 51 - 07:44 (3)
010. Another Day - 03:30 (2)
011. Hear Me Calling Part 1 - 05:48
012. Hear Me Calling Part 2 - 06:01
013. The Song Of Tomorrow - 08:59 (1)
0V1. Lovely Lilly - video - 03:00

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Title: Fastlane People - reviewed on 06/11/00
Artist: ANTILOOP
Label: 2000 Stockholm Records (Sweden)
Style: Techno
Index #: 157 351-2
Review:
ANTILOOP - Fastlane People This Swedish duo: David Westerlund and Robin Söderman is back in brand new album "Fastlane People". After releasing such singles like "In My Mind" or "Believe" group established themselves permanently as forefront DANCE act. Both guys never stopped experimenting with the sound they play, looking for new venues and ideas. This new album (third in their discography after "LP" and "Remixed") is clear proof of their quest. When listening to the album you will clearly recognize group's classic sound in tracks like "Autoload". This fare starts as transcendental journey into future and develops into beatiful multilayer of sensual experiences monster we know group from. Their "classic" sound has also touch in "Only U" for instance. But as I said, group is into experimenting. Take as an example: "So Good" is more ELECTRO-BEAT oriented fare falling into category of ACID TECHNO. In another tune: "Catch Me" group is actually trying HIP-HOUSE !!! No kidding!!! I think everything has limits, and I believe the STOP sign is right there! I truly hope this particular track was group's ONE TIME TRY ONLY! Right before this flob is truly good "Let Your Body Free" tune, bringing TECHNO, HOUSE and BREAK BEAT to good, friendly relationship. Another experiment group did in "Fantasy" that starts as semi-DREAM tune evolving into FREESTYLE. The title song "Fastlane People" is hard to be categorized. This one falls mostly into PROGRESSIVE-ACID HOUSE yet another experiment. So taken together be prepared for exposure to different styles, tempos and feeling. In general this is TECHNO album, but you really have to get it to decide if you like it or not. The group definately stands out from the crowd and will remain important in both commercial as well as underground scenes beyond their native Sweden. I picked 6 tracks from this album for sound sampler. Enjoy!

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01. Start Rockin' - 3.27 (1)
02. Autoload - 6.03 (3)
03. Only U - 3.22 (2)
04. So Good - 4.30
05. Let Your Body Free - 3.04 (4)
06. Catch Me feat. Timbuktu - 3.21
07. Fantasy - 4.54
08. Fastlane People - 6.36
09. Speak 'n' Spell - 5.37 (5)
10. Sound - 6.47 (6)

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Title: Desire - reviewed on 06/11/00
Artist: FRENCH AFFAIR
Label: 2000 BMG (Germany)
Style: Euro Pop
Index #: 74321-76164 2
Review:
FRENCH AFFAIR - Desire Single "My Heart Goes Boom Boom" sold at more than 500,000 copies and being in top dance chart in many countries, made this project popular worldwide. FRENCH AFFAIR has follow-up single "Do What You Like" that also reached top charts in many European countires. Now, we have the debut album under very seductive title: "Desire". The vocalist behind FRENCH AFFAIR is French born (1974 in Paris) dark skinned Barbara Alcindol. She is no stranger in world of entertainment. She already has been a successful model, and did some back vocals for several groups (Soulie B, Assasins or MC Solar). Her debut single was a result of her cooperation with London-based Dreyer Brothers responsible for such acts as Black Attack or Zwetty. This debut album featuring EURO-POP sound has also been produced by them. Of course you will find here two mentioned above singles at their original versions as well as remixes in more HOUSE oriented venue. Beside them there are 8 new tracks recorded in happy POP style. Very happy album indeed. The CD contains also multimedia facility with two videos to the forementioned singles. For sound sampler I have chosen 6 tracks that includes also remixed versions "My Heart Goes Boom" and "Do What You Like" Enjoy!
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01. My Heart Goes Boom - 03:39
02. I Want Your Love - 03:58
03. Desire - 04:01
04. Poison - 03:19 (2)
05. I Can't Say Goodbye - 03:18 (1)
06. Do What You Like - 03:52 (3)
07. My Boots Are Made For Walking - 02:50
08. If You Give Me Credit - 03:15
09. Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi - 03:57 (4)
10. Take My Love Mon Amour - 04:44
11. My Heart Goes Boom (K'House Remix) - 07:03 (5)
12. Do What You Like (I Like House Remix) - 06:05 (6)
13. Multimedial track (two videos)

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Title: Out There And Back - reviewed on 06/08/00
Artist: PAUL VAN DYK
Label: 2000 Vandit Records (Germany)
Style: Trance
Index #: 1257528-2
Review:
PAUL VAN DYK - Out There And Back After recent release of such singles as "Another Way" or "Tell Me Why", PAUL VAN DYK came out with his brand new album "Out There And Back". Paul is already recognized as one of the forefront DJs playing excellent TRANCE and TECHNO stuff and is being invited to many dance clubs including here in US. Fans of his music will be delighted with the album. I am not sure if you like mixed albums, but that what this on is. Twelve tracks are mixed into one flawless dance experience. It will make your club crawling on the spot! Album starts with rather INDUSTRIAL sound in "Vega" loaded with some loops and strings. Kinda scary I would say. It has sort of psychedelic, after hour feel into it slowly progressing into more transcendetal mood in "Pikes". With increasing speed we are being moved to his "Another Way" that I am sure you are familiar with by now! Staying in relatively fast TRANCE/TECHNO we are being exposed to next excellent fare "Avenue". This one is deliciously sleazy with female vocals providing a unique feeling. Rather slower is "Together We Will Conquer" that in my opinion could be a great closing tune, because of the beatifully done after party touch. The album is really rich in exploding synths and prism of instrumental whistles like one present in "The Love From Above". The title track "Out There And Back" is haunting, hard-hitting big room circuit TRANCE with truly amazing powerful layers of magnificent synthesizers. I thought you would benefit from the mix containing most of the tracks, therefore sampler contains 8 tracks. I did NOT retain original mixing at all! Listen to this sampler from the album and enjoy yourself!

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01. Vega
02. Pikes
03. Another Way
04. Travelling (2)
05. Avenue (1)
06. Tell Me Why
07. Together We Will Conquer (8)
08. Face To Face (3)
09. The Love From Above (4)
10. Columbia (5)
11. Out There And Back (6)
12. Alive (7)

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Title: DJ Culture - reviewed on 05/26/00
Artist: PIET BLANK & JASPA JONES
Label: 2000 Orange Records/KONTOR Records (Germany)
Style: Trance
Index #: ORCD 54302
Review:
BLANK & JONES - DJ Culture Album of Piet Blank (28) and Jaspa Jones (31) is finally out. Last year (June 99) we had "In Da Mix" and now after almost a year we have their next album. "DJ Culture" similar to their previous one is also fully mixed to keep you in the mood without being interrupted. If you are a fan of these both very talented DJs, producers and remixers you will be delighted with the package. BLANK and JONES decided to give you a fantastic journey into TRANCE and PROGRESSIVE sound. The intro track "A New Culture Is Born" full of breaks and whistles serves as prolog to the album with the storyteller DIETER MEIER of YELLO. Right after this, we have the group's current hit "Nightfly". Truly an outstanding TRANCE production with haunting female vocals and perfectly arranged synths. To increase your enjoyment album features three versions on this circuit monster. Right after this tune we flawlessly move to another stomper! "La Luna". A big room innovative TRANCE that surely delivers unstoppable excitement. Next track "DJ Culture" with cutting-edge sound will take you to yet another TRANCE flight. Will keep you running for a while. For TECHNO-HOUSE freaks they have "Sound Of Machine". You guessed! A lot of mechanical whistles in this one, but some sections of this tune represents full blown TRANCE as well. Quite original! I was not fan of some BREAK & BEATS but hey, you might like it. "The Blue Sky" is one of my favorites from this album. This very intense track features blue-eye female vocals that adds uplifting TRANCE/DREAM feeling into it. For the sound sampler I prepared mix with 6 tracks taken from this album, however original mixing was not retained. Check it out and judge for yourself! I am sure you will want it !!!

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01. A New Culture Is Born - 3:14
02. The Nightfly - 7:21 (6)
03. La Luna - 5:45 (2)
04. DJ Culture - 6:07 (1)
05. Sundowner - 5:15
06. Sound Of Machines - 5:15
07. The Blue Sky - 6:38 (3)
08. Waste Your Youth - 4:38 (4)
09. Mindcrasher - 7:30 (5)
10. The Nightfly (Break Reprise) - 5:32
11. The Blue Sky (Short) - 3:36
12. DJ Culture (Short) - 3:06
13. The Nightfly (Short) - 3:53
14. Sound Of Machines (Short) - 3:01

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Title: Earthbound reviewed on 05/21/00
Artist: EARTBOUND
Label:1999 Fluid Records (Sweden)
Style: Techno/Trance
Index #: 543 055-2
Review:
Gigi D'Agostino - L'Amour Toujours I am late with reviewing this album but decided to go ahead and review it, since it is still available. You guessed right, I just receive it (FINALLY!) and album definately deserves to be reviewed. EARTHBOUND is a Swedish duo of Frederik Johansson and Anders Eriksson. Both guys are not new commers, they already started releasing their singles back in 1997 ("Everyone", "Heartbeat/Element Of Love", "Living Just For Today". We had to wait until the December 1st of 1999 to see their debut album. It contains all previous singles and most current production. The album consists of 2 CDs. The first one has 10 titles and the second one, just 5 of them, but in extended versions. The second CD contains also tunes released as singles: "Phuturistic Journey" released in February 2000 and most recently a very successful "One Nation - Trance Nation" (visit VIDEO Section for clip to this track). Both guys are pretty much tied with other TECHNO/TRANCE/RAVE Swedish projects like ANTILOOP and RICHI M. The music EARTHBOUND plays is very interesting. I would highly recommend second CD. Even if it contains just 5 tracks they are at very extended versions and delivering a pure TRANCE feeling. "Essence Of Life" is truly a SPACE travel anthem with flourishing synth fireworks! The female voice of Terés gives and additional feeling to this fare. For another TRANCE wonder tune into Trance Mix of "Living Just For Today". What makes this track very interesting is spectacular instrumental section with great effects and hooks. "Phuturistic Journey" is another interesting fare rich with synths works. Taken together very interesting album that all of you TRANCE fans should check out. I took 6 tracks from the first CD to give you some idea for more you better get album! ENJOY!

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www.earthbound.nu
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CD 1
01. Everyone - 3:35
02. Essence Of Life - 3:22 (2)
03. One Nation - Trance Nation - 3:15 (3)
04. Heartbeat/Element Of Love - 3:37
05. Living Just For Today - 3:39 (1)
06. We Are Not Alone - 8:09 (4)
07. The Secret - 5:11 (6)
08.
My Reveries - 7:37 (5)
09. Relations - 5:28
10. We're Bound - 6:45

CD 2
01. Essence Of Life (Trance Mix) - 8:26
02. Living Just For Today (Trance Mix) - 6:26
03. Heartbeat/Element Of Love (Heartbeating Mix) - 7:12
04. Everyone (Everyone's In The House Mix) - 5:45
05. Phuturistic Journey - 7:45

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Title: Strikes Back - reviewed on 05/15/2000
Artist: LASERDANCE
Label: 2000 ZYX (Germany)
Style: Electronic Disco/Italo-Disco
Index: ZYX 20545-2
Review:
LIGHTFORCE - Join Us This is something for all of you who remember or collecting ITALO-DISCO. Back in late 80's the very specific sound that is probably the best described as ELECTRONIC DISCO was errupting. Erik Van Vliet and Michiel Van der Kuy were pioneers of this sound. What made this unique was utilizing VOCODER giving a sound and voice a very specific high-pitch computerized feeling. Tracks like "Shotgun" or "Humanoid Invasion" were featured in many ITALO-DANCE compilations very often with KOTO's "Visitors" or "Jabdah". KOTO is an Italian artist so maybe it was the reason why both formations were put to the same pot. Definately they were quite similar in style. So now, more than a decade LASERDANCE is back with brand new album and actually sound quite well retained. Laser-like synths giving you impression of cosmic fights. Vocoders are featured as well ad libitum. Very nicely done album. All tracks are instrumental and Erik Van Vliet is back as a producer. Julius Wijnmalen written all the tracks and co-produced the album. If you liked LASERDANCE you will love this album, if you are not familiar with this sound give it a try. This is rather classic. Sound sampler features 6 tracks taken from this album.
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01. The Lost Battle (1)
02. No Escape
03. Reconnaissance Expedition
04. Voyage Of Discover (2)
05. War Between The Stars
06. The Experiment (5)
07. Fly Over The New Teritorry
08. A Space Trip
09. Warriors Action In Unknown Territory (3)
10. A Content Creature (6)
11. Unidentified Object In Japan (4)
12. Party For The Home-Coming Warriors

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