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Saturday, July 20, 2002
Hed Kandi Soulful Beach House

Britain's most prolific mix CD compiler Mark Doyle, returns with his latest collection of club tunes that slipped through the tracks, this time delivering 2 CDs of what he called Soulful Beach House.

CD1 has a distinctly Balearic vibe, being all warm, Latino-ey style proper house cuts (X Press 2\s Lazy and Bent's Always standing out) while CD2 goes for a faster, (slightly) harder pace, intending to represent the hours between sunset and Midnight. Craig Jensen's cover of Lil Louis' Club Lonely stands out, out does Richard F's Feels Alirght and Jon Cutler's You Groove Me. "Beware second rate beach bars," the disc itself advises, with ideal costumes for enjoying the CD being "itsy bitsy bikinis". Beach House 04.02 is out on Hed Kandi on July 29 in the UK and many of countries around the world (including Australia.)


Christian Vogel's S&M Wall Of Sound

Techno experimentalist Christian Vogel releases a new single on Tresor shortly, which is characterised by its distinctly S&M vibe which comes in both its sound and titles.

Dungeon Master, the accompanying press release claims, is "8 tracks of motherboard melting debauchery, fresh for the home. Club and your local techno bunker/ dungeon, adding intriguingly "if it was illegal to fuck a wall of sound, Christian Vogel would be in jail for life."

The vinyl EP is certainly punishing, slapping and thwacking with ever increasing speed and intensity throughout. Painful to the unitiated though undoubtedly satisfying for his army of (aural) lovers, Dungeon Masters is out on September 5 on Tresor.



DMX Crew Rework Soft Cell's Seedy City

The continuing revival of 80s electro (aka electroclash) has undoubtedly inspired the first release on US label White Leather, which is DMX Krew's new version of the Soft Cell 80s classic Seedy Films.

Despite being labelled futuristic pop music by White Leather's parent label Turbo recordings, DMX's new version is unashamedly retro in both style and ambience though is sadly lacking in the sheer lowlife decadence that Marc Almond effortlessly injected into his 1982 original. Ironically, Almond's own attempts to update Soft Cell originals including Say Hello Wave Goodbye and Tainted Love failed miserably when he tried in 1991, suggesting the band's (fantastic) music should be best left as it is.


Nirvana and Tight Fit are sadly absent from the Summer Anthems collection, though they male up for it with Aztec Camera (Somewhere In My Heart), Irene Cara (Flashdance) and Bananarama (Cruel Summer).

School Disco.com's Summer Holiday is out now on Sony/Colombia.

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School Disco's Summer Holiday

Britain's newest club phenomenon School Disco.com have released a surprisingly good double mix CD which includes classic retro records like the Isley Brothers' Summer Breeze and Motorhead's Ace Of Spades.

"The music is key; like a proper school disco, with the right selection you can get away with playing anything," Disco chief Bobby Sanchez told Q Magazine. "How many other clubs will play Nirvana followed by The Lion Sleeps Tonight-"

Nirvana and Tight Fit are sadly absent from the Summer Anthems collection, though they male up for it with Aztec Camera (Somewhere In My Heart), Irene Cara (Flashdance) and Bananarama (Cruel Summer).

School Disco.com's Summer Holiday is out now on Sony/Colombia.

http://www.schooldisco.com
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