Remixes of KMFDM’s latest album released in 2009, “Blitz”; “Krieg” is a body-crushing dance nightmare with some of scene’s bravest and best innovators tapped to revision the music into something distinct and even more intriguing than the original track. The album opens with a bang with Combichrist’s “All 4 One Mix” of “Bait & Switch”, sounding like a rave held at an abandoned east European factory. Then “Strut” is rerubbed by Andy Selway whose “Disco Balls” mix is dirty and reminds one of Lords of Acid. Seismologist offers up a darkened “Potz Blitz!” that bleeds old school industrial dance. Prong grabs their distortion pedals and pounds on your eardrums with their rendition of “Bait & Switch”. Skinny Puppy contributor and engineer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie brokers his take on “Never Say Never” with a mix that’s surprisingly very Yo Gabba Gabba with its sun-soaked synths and pleasant melodies. Other notable contributors are Komor Kommando, Assemblage 23, tweaker, Koichi Fukuda, and Vile Evils (Pop Will Eat Itself).
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Tiesto has played all across the globe. He has played the Olympics. The DJ has been nominated for a Grammy for his last artist album, “Elements of Life”. He has also been recognized among his peers as the world’s most renowned DJ with some of DJ’s most coveted awards. And still he does not rest on his laurels. Stick another feather in his crowded cap with the launch of his new gem, “Kaleidoscope”; a full-fledged journey of sound produced and written by this magnificent electronic wizard. Proving he is not just another vinyl slinger, his production, engineering, mixing, and writing is peerless. While often rooting himself in the melodic trance and dance styles, he builds off of it, collaborating with other renowned artists and singer/songwriters from various groups representing some of the best of pop and rock, all along the way to forge perfect odes of electronic joy. This adventure kicks off with a guest spot featuring Sigur Ros’s singer Jonsi Jónsi Birgisson from Sigur Rós – as you may expect, it’s otherworldly and an intriguing listen. Other guests include Bloc Party, Nelly Furtado, CC Sheffield, Cary Brothers, and Tegan & Sara among many others. The big singles are “Escape Me” with CC Sheffield, “ I Will Be Here”, featuring Sneaky Sound System, “Here on Earth” with the Cary Brothers, and “Louder Than Boom” is rumored to big another smash single. Things get really intense around “Fresh Fruit”, a wall to wall banger, that straps you in proper for the rest of the ride of the last half of the album. Tiesto provides a steady rhythm and beat to go along with his smooth melodies and beautifully sung harmonies. It always amazes me how much Tiesto is ahead of the curve in dance music, and “Kaleidoscope” once again provides the framework for the next several years of dance music to build off of.
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“Volume” is Paul Van Dyk’s “best of” album; PVD’s career can be best summed by simply uttering ‘wow’. The first CD are all songs that he produced alongside guest appearances and performers. Simply stunning. This CD is fully mixed so it’s a seamless experience. Ranging from such gems as “For an Angel” that boasts a new mix for ’09 to the melodic uplifting club mix of “Home” to the grimy yet sexy “New York City” featuring Austin Leeds and Starkillers with Ashley Tomberlin, “Volume” churns forth a stew of progressive dance music that is noted as the upper echelon of the upper class of electronic music.
The second disc is comprised of re-rubs and remixes that Paul Van Dyk has compiled over the years. He can even make Britney Spears seem relevant and sound good on his reworking of “Gimme More”. Also noted additions include Binary Finary’s “1998”, U2’s “Elevation”, “Spooky” by New Order, Depeche Mode’s “Martyr”, and Timo Maas’ “Pictures”. Grammy-nominated and known globally as the world’s best DJ (Okay so what if he was only #3 – he was behind Tiesto who played at the Olympics!) – Paul Van Dyk has been at the top of his game for 15 years.
Featuring tracks from his great studio albums, “Seven Ways”, “Out There and Back”, “Reflections”, “In Between”, and 45 RPM”, “Volume” is a testament to the hard work and dedication of a great producer and DJ and points out his extensively grand catalog where each song is just as thrilling on the 100th listen as it was on the 1st. Brilliant and a total must-have for dance fans the world over.
Drum-n-bass and jungle has found their new measuring stick upon which all future albums will be measured against. “Everyone Bleeds” is a dark journey through breaks, dark jungle, and symphonic electro house. “Rockers” is the defiant stand-out with its sharp cuts, deep drum dives, pulsing rhythm, and house-oriented beats. Sean Shah is Silent Killer and invites fellow act Submerged on for the ride with a fantastic re-rub of “Corpse”. “Savior” starts the album out on a pounce with dynamic jungle cuts and a bunch of stirring melodies. Also mega ups and propers to “The Great Machine” which is armed with lasting synths that are both uplifting and party-worthy. “Everyone Bleeds” is an astonishingly grand entry into the D&B field and will be a permanent member in my music rotation.