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dance to (cont.)
That having been said, here are a few of my current favorite dance
Basement Jaxx Rooty
Kash | Here in my new home in the UK, Basement
Jaxx have pretty much become top 40, and it's not terribly surprising --
their funky eclectic brand of dance music is insanely infectious, with
hooks that wedge in your brain for days. But the music's also clever and
ambitious, and unlike so many popular dance albums out there, Basement
Jaxx never seem to repeat the same idea from one track to the next. Rooty's
the easiest crowd-pleaser; the newer Kish Kash is also good for
more adventurous types.
Kicks: Tiga | DJ Tiga's remixes for the DJ Kicks series
are of the genre known as electro-clash; imagine your favorite 80s
electronica retooled for this century, and you get a pretty good inkling
of what to expect. It's sexy cool with a generous dose of New Wave
nostalgic kitsch, and eminently danceable.
The Go! Team Thunder
Lightning Strike | High-energy, throw your arms
up into the air and shake-it-all-out dance music. Drawing heavily upon
70s and 80s TV theme songs and action movie soundtracks as inspiration
-- in a good way! -- this album is 100% pure joyous fun.
| I'm not sure words can express how much I adore this album; I
actually have a hard time listening to it when I'm trying to do work,
because I'll start dancing in my seat and getting all distracted.
Throwing together elements of funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, trip-hop --
name any cool musical genre, and you'll probably find traces of it here
-- into one brilliant, catchy whole, Deadringer just makes you
want to groove.
It's the end of the evening and things are starting to wind down.
Everyone's danced out and camped out on a sofa, deciding whether to
sober up and drive home, or give in and sleep over. Don't let the music
die now; what you need is something a little quieter, a little more
laidback, music that'll soothe the soul without putting folks straight
to sleep. Throw on any of these CDs to feed the mellow mood.
Walkie & Moon
Safari | Air is often classified as dance music, but it's
always struck me as way too slow to warrant real dance floor action. But
its lush sexy moodiness is perfect for late-evening chilling, especially
if you want to feel like a hipster in a Sofia Coppola movie (both The
Virgin Suicides and Lost
in Translation feature Air in their soundtracks).
Cibo Matto Viva!
La Woman | Combine breathy female vocals, quirky samples,
oddball lyrics all centered around food and sung in an adorably distinct
Japanese accent to boot, and you get this weird and wonderful album.
Can You Trust? | Blissfully languid -- enjoy one last drink
for the evening and crash out with the smoky vocals and swirly-sultry
hypnotic sounds of Morcheeba's 1996 debut album.
Nick Drake Pink
Moon | When Volkswagen used "Pink Moon" to help
sell their Cabrio a few years back, they simultaneously gave Drake's
1972 album a new life, introducing it to a whole generation of us
youngsters who weren't even in existence yet when the album first came
out. Never mind that it's near impossible to listen to the title track
without picturing that little VW rolling along through the countryside
on a quiet moonlit night (damn the ad industry!) - this album really
does make the perfect soundtrack for the end of a long night.
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