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Title: Stay reviewed on 09/26/01
Artist: DEJA VU feat. TASMIN
Label: 2001 Almighty Records (UK)
Style: High Energy
Index #: CDALMY 167
Review:

DEJA VU feat. TASMIN - Stay This batch of reviews will concentrate mostly on HIGH-ENERGY sound (we should get some brake from TRANCE and TECHNO, shouldn't we?) This tune comes from forthcoming album "Get To You". Single features four tracks. First two are Radio Edit and Definitive Mix of the title song:"Stay". While the Radio Edit is HIGH-ENERGY tune, the rich synths and melodic line gives this tune also an excititng EURO base. Definitive Mix is almost 9 minutes long fare that brings exquisite NRG sound to a higher degree. This is also synth rich tune that starts with rather long intro developing to full throttle EURONRG marvel. You should also check "The Best I Can Do" tune featured as third in line. This tune also teared up the NRG circuits and caused some buzz in UK dance floor. The female vocal is gorgeous and very appealing! Indeed a good tune. The CD closes "Chill Out". A shorty fare to chill you out after the fast tempo of this single kept you up. Well... Not really... This instrumental tune delivers some great synth treat as well. Too bad it only lasts less than 2 minutes :-) For now enjoy the sound sampler featuring Definitive mixes of "Stay" and "The Best I Can Do". Enjoy!


01. Stay (Radio Edit)
02. Stay (Definitive Mix)) (1)
03. The Best I Can Do (Definitive Mix)) (2)
04. Chill Out

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Title: Eternal Flame reviewed on 09/26/01
Artist: DEJA VU feat. TASMIN
Label: 2001 Almighty Records (UK)
Style: High Energy/Trancey
Index #: CDALMY 168
Review:

ROCHELLE - Eternal Flame New single from ROCHELLE called "Eternal Flame". Song originally recorded several years back by THE BANGLES. This tune is taken from ROCHELLE's forthcoming album "Higher". THE BANGLES' all-time classic got reworked here pretty heavy. The production by Almight Associates made the sound very updated. Seems to me that most of the current HIGH-ENERGY releases from ALMIGHTY are no longer classic NRG but rather more updated, heavily influenced by synth work marvels. I have to tell you, I really LOVE! this sound. While I always was fun of the classic NRG sound, I am finding this new "flavor" even more exciting offering. You have three mixes of the title songs and all of them are simply spectacular. Both Fired Up Mix and Definitive Mix are excellent choices for the dance floor. First of them will do great in EURO oriented floors while Definitive Mix would also drive more TRANCE-oriented fans to a higher state of extasy. The last tune: "Babylon" is hard to qualify. It is not HIGH-ENERGY but rather melancholic after hour club fare heavily loaded with some electronics. For now listen to a sound sampler featuring Fired Up Mix and Definitive Mix of the title song. Enjoy!


01. Eternal Flame (Radio Edit)
02. Eternal Flame (Fired Up Mix) (1)
03. Eternal Flame (Definitive Mix) (2)
04. Babylon

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Title: I Don't Want A Lover b/w Do It Baby reviewed on 09/26/01
Artist: DEZIRE
Label: 2001 Klone Records/Rumour Records (England)
Style: HIGH ENERGY
Index #: CDKLONE 87
Review: DEZIRE - I Don't Want A Lover Now let's move to another NRG oriented UK-label KLONE. I have received from them several singles that are definately worth of dharing with you. First one by DEZIRE called "I Don't Want A Lover" in brilliant production by BOYZ WITH TOYZ. Lead vocals is provided by ZOE FULLER with backing vocal by TERESA MARIE herself! Both are great and poweful. Simply sizziling! You will find two versions of this title: Pop One! 7" and 12". As you can imagine 12" version is to be played in club. Track is an outstnading NRG production with POP and actually some TECHNO elements. Truly high-flying, hard charging track. The "bonus" tune "Do It Baby" also falls into NRG yet it has some HOUSE feel in it with some haunting TECHNO strings here and there. This is another killer production worth to be remixed. Both female and male vocals join forces to turn this into one breath-taking beatiful, exciting experience. Check it out! The mix features Pop One! 12" of the title song and fragment of "Do It Baby". Enjoy!

01. I Don't Want A Lover (Pop One! 7")
02. I Don't Want A Lover (Pop One! 12") (1)
03. Do It Baby (2)

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Title: In The Air Tonight b/w Let The Sunshine Inreviewed on 09/26/01
Artist: MR B feat. TERESA MARIE
Label: 2001 Klone Records/Rumour Records (England)
Style: HIGH ENERGY
Index #: CDKLONE 88
Review: MR B. feat. TERESA MARIE - In The Air Another BOYZ WITH TOYZ sizzling production. This time a classic stomper by PHIL COLLINS was revamped into high-flying NRG wonder. This NRG-ized cover is incredibly powerful and superb in every way. Similar to above single this one also have two Pop One! versions: 7" and 12". In both versions high-flying synth work and incredible vocal provided by TERESA MARIE turns this international smash's melody to a dramatic chart-topping hit. Production is terrific, straddling the POP fance with irresistible melody line. The third tune featured in this single "Let The Sunshine In" is a gem itself. This one got an opera flavor over throughly modern bottom with dazzling synth lines that sound like a cross between JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and NRG OPERA. It's lush, dreamy and just plain gorgegous! Clearly a floor-packing material. In the sound sampler you will find Pop One! 12" mix of the title song and of course fragment of "Let The Sunshine In". Enjoy!

01. In The Air Tonight (Pop One! 7")
02. In The Air Tonight (Pop One! 12") (1)
03. Let The Sunshine In (2)

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Title: A Lttle Respectreviewed on 09/26/01
Artist: CHECKMATE
Label: 2001 Klone Records/Rumour Records (England)
Style: HIGH ENERGY
Index #: CDKLONE 90
Review: CHEKMATE - A Little Respect CHECKMATE is back with their NRG/POP interpretation of the ERASURE classic. When you will listen to this tune and you know ERASURE and the track itself in it's original version, you will be convinced that the vocal is provided by ANDY BELL a vocalist of ERASURE. Well... not really! The vocal is provided by JONO and he really sounds like ANDY. CHECKMATE's version delivers a pounding 2001 production that gives the track not just a "face lift" but rather "transformation" that will work very well for both NRG/POP crowd and the more adventurous HOUSE jocks. "A Little Respect" is featured in two versions: ConVinced Club Mix and Radio Version. Additionally original production By team of GARY MARTINS and JONATHAN EDWARDS "Take A Little Time" is also favorable. Enjoy the sound sampler featured ConVinced Club Mix of title song and fragment of "Take A Little Time".

01. A Little Respect (ConVinced Club Mix) (1)
02. A Little Respect (Radio Version)
03. Take A Little Time (2)

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Title: Eternal Flamereviewed on 09/26/01
Artist: XQUISITE
Label: 2001 Klone Records/Rumour Records (England)
Style: HIGH ENERGY
Index #: CDKLONE 91
Review: XQUISITE - Eternal Flame Here is your opportunity to listen to this classic THE BANGLES tune by another artist. You can compare it with ROCHELLE interpretation I reviewed above. Is there a comparison? Well.. The approach taken by GARY MARTINS is a little bit different. The track is much faster, however it also features some synths here and there. XQUISITE's version is also more oriented toward fans of classic HIGH-ENERGY sound and should make them very happy. Female powerful vocal is provided by VICKY ROWE. You are presented with two versions of this tune: Club Mix and Radio Version. You also shouldn't neglect "Mingames": an original track by GARY MARTINS. Fare is even faster than the title song and highly charged. Be prepared for fast dance. This truly club oriented tune delivers also great synth line that send the melody soaring. Red-hot rhythm track and killer club tune not necessary just for HIGH-ENERGY fans but also to all of you who enjoy more EURO-TRANCE oriented sound at high BPM. Excellent production! The sound sampler feature Club Mix of "Eternal Flame" and fragment of "Mindgames". Enjoy!

01. Eternal Flame (Club Mix) (1)
02. Eternal Flame (Radio Version)
03. Mindgames (3)

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Title: Boom Boomreviewed on 09/26/01
Artist: FLESH
Label: 2001 Klone Records/Rumour Records (England)
Style: HIGH ENERGY/HIGH FLYING SYNTHS
Index #: CDKLONE 92
Review: FLESH - Boom Boom If you are serious DISCO/HI-NRG follower you for sure know the name of this track. Originally sang by TOM HOOKER gained a status of DISCO anthem after being remixed by STOCK, AITKEN, WATERMAN and performed by PAUL LEKAKIS. should ring a bell. This track surfaced again, because it was used by STUART MORRISSON who directs and stars in "Ladies Night" the stage show based on "The Full Monty" (currently also in US). Show itself became very popular so the music itself. Now you have the opportunity to listen this classic in more masculine version enriched with some killer synths making this offering a crossover between NRG and TRANCE, yet the accent is still retained on NRG sound. Two versions of the title tune are featured and as bonus "Rock Your Body" is thrown at you. Fast pace NRG tune was written by JOHN BARRY and SHAUN LOWE. Enjoy the sound samplers featuring Naked Club Mix of the title song and fragment of "Rock Your Body".

01. Boom Boom Boom (Radio Version)
02. Boom Boom Boom (Naked Club Mix) (1)
03. Rock Your Body (2)

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Title: I am The One reviewed on 09/26/01
Artist: RESET
Label: 2001 Edel (Germany) / Reset Production (Norway)
Style: EURODANCE
Index #: 0128086 ERE
Review:

RESET - Say I'm The One This is the first time I have an opportunity to review this highly successful Norwegian project of STIG ANTONSEN, TRUDE BARSTAD & CHRISTIAN ONSHUS. The group already have several years of experience and achievements including two albums and several singles. Their music was always characterized by easy dancing rhythm and quite classic EURODANCE sound. Group is ready to release their third album "Calling You". First single from this album also called "Calling You" was released several month ago and reached Platinum status pretty fast. No wonder why, very catch EURO. "I Am The One" is the second single from this album and was released back in July 2001. I was pretty much dissapointed that it features only two versions of the song. Really there was room for more. The track is easy going and very dancable. More club-oriented tune should really be released as well. As I said there is room for more. Stay tune for the third single from this album called: "Say Yeah" that was just release. If I will get the album, I will definately review it. For now, enjoy the sound sampler from this single.

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01. Say I'm The One (Radio Edit) - 3:39 (1)
02. Say I'm The One (Album Version) - 4:08 (2)

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