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Love me now (CD single) WAAKO RECORDS / ZYX MUSIC (Germany)
Score: 3 stars
production is really interesting, but also very simple to realize when you are a
Indeed, Sonias voice is superbly captivating and hypnotizing; it does the entire job on this track. Adam Marano just needs to embroider the song and propose a very slow tempo that languishes around Sonias voice, and compose some atmospheric and oppressive keys. This choice is particularly successful and clever!
This single also contains six mixes, four of which are Freestyle (two are in Spanish) and two are Dance music, and should convince a lot of Freestylers and Dancers. Love me now is definitely a production from Adam Marano that will entertain you. Enjoy!
FREESTYLE VOL.6 (2CDs compilation) SPV RECORDINGS (Germany)
Score: 3 stars
year, this compilation series has imposed itself to the eyes of the German Freestylers as
one of the most convincing series on the market, even if in my opinion, some volumes of
this edition were extremely plain.
The particularity of the Electricity Freestyle series is to blend some recent products with old Freestyle jams mostly from Old School and well known American and Canadian artists. But for the first time, SPV Recordings offers to his faithful buyers two CDs in a same box.
The first CD presents 16 tracks in a more classical Freestyle trend (mix of Old School classics with few Planet Rock / Electro titles) including some groups and singers as April, Holly Cole, Frankie Boy, Free System, The Officer & Elios, Stevie B, Smash On the contrary, the second CD contains 15 tracks more oriented towards the German Electro genre and Planet Rock sound with some bands as Flying Steps, Strip-T, Music Instructor, Freestyle Project, etc. Even two American productions are part of this comp with the remixed version of Energy by The KromOzone Project and Wanna be your lover by Kenny Moulton.
This sixth edition is undeniably one of the most successful (with Freestyle Electricity vol.2) and should seriously put the other compilation in the shade since they will appear less abundant in titles. 31 tunes on a same compilation is a very rare occurrence, especially when the quality is here. Buy it without any hesitation!
Mamboleo / Back to me (CD single) TI AMO RECORDS (Canada)
Score: No star (for Mamboleo)
Score: 3 stars (for Back to me)
not linger on the Y2K re-issue of the Latino Dance track of Mamboleo under the
Canadian Ti-Amo Records which really annoys and bores me (even sang by Elissa), to talk a
little bit longer about the other song Back to me, and especially its unique
Of course, its in this kind of register (Freestyle music) that Elissa excels the best! Back to me is a delicious mixture of Euro Dance keys (those of the Dance version) with a lively Old School rhythm beat. Elissa also possesses one of the most beautiful and charming voice of the Canadian scene which confers to this production a supplementary asset and seriousness.
This new song is really awesome, and proves once again that Elissa is full of talent and very inspired in her choices.
FIVE OF TEN
FEATURING J.W. SCALE: Feel the groove (CD single) FREEFILES RECORDS / SPV
Score: 3 stars
track by Five Of Ten is way more exciting than If you want my love.
This is due to different factors: 1/ J.W. Scales voice is outstanding, powerful, sexy, full of good mood and warm. 2/ The use of a slower Electro Freestyle beat, more groovy and commercial, should appeal to a larger audience (even to those who are not very familiar to Freestyle music). 3/ An irresistible melody and catchy chorus.
The amateurs of the 2 Step musical movement will appreciate the two nice and very rhythmic versions of this track. Moreover, this very fashionable musical genre that comes from England is just an alternative mix of different genres (Drum N Bass, R& B and Speed Garage) and becomes month after month more popular throughout Europe. Just Groove and only Groove!!!
Just feel the groove
FREE SYSTEM: This love is not right 4 you (CD single) FREEFILES RECORDS / SPV (Germany)
Score: 4 stars
Score: 3 stars (other mixes)
Free System is incontestably one of the most original Old School Freestyle groups in Germany.
Over four singles, the Free System members easily got a name, and they definitely have an approach and style which are unique. It is more refined than most of the German products thanx to the beautiful voice of Tina and also to the duet that she formed with Gianni (he is doing the vocoder and Rap), and to the melodies always well done and superbly crafted.
Even though the three mixes (radio, club and original mix) are destined to the Electro fans, the Psycho remix (the best version of this CD single) heads towards to the Old School tradition. But this version is so insane in its realization (psychotic I should say!) that its very difficult to categorize it. The version combines melodious, extremely incisive and splendid keys.
A wonderful and original song not to be missed.
Dancing in my heart / I gave you my heart/ Over you
(CD single) CERTIFIED MUSIC L.L.C.
Score: 3 stars
beautiful outset for Linda Lows career that this EP, which introduces us to three
but only Dancing in my heart is highlighted with a torrent of
mixes (a total of 7).
If you are fond of the West Coast sound, you should appreciate her musical style and you will be overcome by her emotional and attractive voice which she is surrounded by a bunch of local producers and remixers (Kenny Moulton, Slammin Sam Maxion, Randy Taylor-Weber et Lenny Linus Douglas) for the Freestyle part. As far as the three Euro, Dance, Trance versions are concerned, she appealed to two European mixers (Cosmic Dreamer from Belgium and Magnus Ekelund from Sweden) and to Craig Carpenter from New York City, maybe also to conquer the Europe Dance music market. Smart, isnt it?
Whatever your musical domain of predilection in Freestyle music, you will participate to the success of Linda Low in buying this CD single because the work done by all the remixers is also very nice. A new talent to discover!
Score: 3 stars (for the other mixes)
We havent had news about the beautiful and ravishing Sharyn Maceren since her last hit Hard to get. Pressed for the first time in 1996 on the compilation Slammin Compilation vol.1 (where you can also find another track from Sharyn Youre my everything), this song has nevertheless been officially released one year later under the name of The S Factor on Slammin Sam Maxions label (S.E. Records). Straight away, Hard to get revealed the talent of this young artist from the Bay area.
Fortunately, the year 2001 heralds her comeback on Captaur Records (located in San Fancisco) with this new jam One and one. The two producers of this brand new record company (Jeremy Davis & Mario Bonilla) had a good nose to license Shary Maceren and to secure Joe Grandbergs services (he wrote some titles on Alexis album) because this CD is definitely really interesting. You may listen with a huge pleasure to the terrific Freestyle version Hyperspace Club Mix which is very close from Buffys style with a more German musical orientation (vocoder, and powerful & melodious keys). A very good job!
You may also delight yourself with the good Latin Dance mix of this tune (I particularly liked the guitar sequence done by Joe Grandberg himself on his keyboard, its very nice!) and the pleasant House music version of Hard to get╗.
This CD is definitely to get before it is out of stock. A wonderful comeback assuredly!
PRESENTS THE SBP PRODUCT (CD COMPILATION) SILBERBACK RECORDS
Score: 3 stars
compilation on Silverback Records is the fruit of several years work by Josey Santos (the
initiator of this project) and then, of the association with two his friends (Benji Quiles
Jr and DJ Pauly). This is why this comp is called The SBP Product (S for
Santos, B for Benji and P for Pauly) and whose main vocation is to propose the best
products as regards Progressive Freestyle music!
To achieve success, they called two musical experts from New York City (Victor Franco and Carlos Berrios) and a newcomer in the Freestyle business, Ryan Paltrow from Florida. They also asked the participation in this project of Freestyle personalities as Miguel Reyes, 2 AM, Fred Nice, and especially George Anthony and Julian Hernandez (for the backing vocals). And then, they used some unknown, but talented artists (Sonia Merced, Zeyda, DeJa and DJ Pauly). The result is simply awesome and this Progressive Freestyle compilation is globally succesful, one of the best since the birth of this genre. Even if I keep repeating that this kind of Freestyle is not really my cup of tea. Yet, Progressive buffs should appreciate this CD more than I do.
However the only thing Im sure of is that you will find some superb productions and upcoming hits as the splendid tunes as Zeyda Ill show you love, DeJa We can do it, DJ Pauly What am I to do, Fred Nice Do you believe in love and the Dance music song Ill wait for you by Sonia Merced (What an amazing voice!). The Progessive remix of Those were the times by Miguel Reyes is quite interesting, even if I largely prefer the Old School versions out on Tazmania records. The remixed version of Celebrate (this track is also available in Euro Dance style on the 2 AMs full-length album Waiting for this moment out on Hot Productions, Inc. in 1997) and the Ryan Dreamscape mix of Hands up are also quite original.
A Progressive Freestyle compilation that deserves a prize!
THE OFFICER &
ELIOS: Baby gimme all your love / Dont break my heart (CD
single) FREEFILES RECORDS / SPV (Germany)
Score: 3 stars
second single (after the La musica EP) is certainly the most captivating since
the association between Stonay (a.k.a. The Officer) and Elios. Its also one the rare
German groups to sing in Italian and English languages.
Baby gimme all your love remains in the line of his previous singles (Hold me tight, Waiting, or more recently under his new artist name The Officer with Cry), even if this time his new production has more an Electro than an Old School flavour.
The vocal backup from Elios brings an undeniable edge to this friendly collaboration that we wish would last forever. This male band should become a redoubtable and lethal weapon for the German Freestyle scene. Their vocal performance is already an asset and really appreciated by Freestylers.
Dont forget to listen to the only original mix of Dont break my heart, which could be their upcoming hit! Who knows?
PROJECT: It doesnt matter (CD album) LOOP DANCE CONSTRUCTIONS RECORDS /
KONTOR RECORDS / UNIVERSAL MUSIC (Germany)
Score: 4 stars
I can not say
that this first and very successful full-length album from this popular German band can be
labelled as a Freestyle album, it wouldnt be completely true. But it contains
nonetheless some Electro tracks combined to the R & B style which should thrill and
convince the bunch of Freestylers who already enjoys these two genres, poles apart from,
musically speaking, but that merge marvelously due to the originality brought about by all
the members of this band.
The Underdog Project is a band which stands apart because of his style. This album, at first sight, was mainly oriented to R & B and Rap styles, but otherwise it mixes with a certain cunning and creativity some songs including an Electro beat particularly slow and groovy. As regards Freestyle, you can listen again to their two hits, but also discover the formidable I can handle it.
So if I were you, I would familiarize rapidly with this group, because you can be sure in the future that you will hear about The Underdog Project but this time on the International scene.
PROJECT: Tonight (CD single) LOOP DANCE CONSTRUCTIONS / KONTOR RECORDS /
UNIVERSAL MUSIC (Germany)
Score: 3 stars
change a winning team! So, we take the same people to work with, and lets do it
If you liked Summer jam, you will adore this second song which sounds like their first hit. You will appreciate once again the smooth and particular vocal asset of Vick Krishna that can rival without any trouble with the most magnificent R&B voices (the accapella is inevitable to make your own opinion!). After youve listened to the two Electro Freestyle mixes, practically identical to Summer jam, I also suggest you take a look at the two good versions by DJ Wickel (very groovy) and of O.M.O. (N.C. Thanh and Ernest T.D.) in a Drum N Bass and 2 Step genres. Once again!
After Summer jam, The Underdog Project should encounter the same success with Tonight. Keep your fingers crossed!
Its advisable to join and support this musical project called Underdog quickly!
non cÚ (CD single) MNF RECORDS / ZYX MUSIC (Germany)
Score: 3 stars
Laura non cÚ (sang by the Pop-song singer Nek) became a not to be missed hit
for the Italian repertoire winning a very nice and critical success all over Europe.
By the end of the year 2000, the producers of MNF Records label have decided to cook this tune to the Freestyle gravy! They used a faster Electro Freestyle rhythm beat than usual that nevertheless takes (a little bit) the Old School direction. The male voice of V.T. gives a commercial side to this promising track.
The result is astonishing in the good sense of the term!
Myrna Li: Still I cry Santana Music
2] George Lamond: Lately (original long version) Robbins Entertainment LLC / Timber! Records
3] Jazmine: Justify Santana Music
4] Sammy C: My mother warned me Roman Empire Productions
5] Flying Steps: We are electric JetSet / Dance Street / ZYX Music (Germany)6] Free System: This love is not right 4 you (psycho remix) Freefiles Records / SPV (Germany)
7] Sharyn Maceren: One and one Captaur Records
8] Anthony Norris: Just 4 you MNF Records / ZYX Music (Germany)
9] The Underdog Project: Tonight Loop Dance Constructions / Kontor Records /Universal Music (Germany)
10] Elissa: Back to me Ti Amo Records (Canada)
My Top 5
(Compilations & medleys)
George Lamond: The hits
and more (compilation) Robbins Entertainment LLC
/ Timber! Records
2] D.J. Damon Cain A.K.A. Devious D. Presents Vintage Freestyle Grooves: Collectors Edition vol.1 (medley) MainSource Distribution
3] The World Of Electro (compilation) ZYX Music (Germany)
4] Silverback Records Presents The SBP Product (compilation) Silverback Records
5] Fierce Freestyle Classics The Mix Tape vol.3 (medley) Ubl Recordings / StreetBeat Records, Inc.
My Top 5
Sammy C: Taking it through the millenium and beyond Roman Empire Productions
2] Rockell: Instant pleasure Robbins Entertainment LLC
3] The KromOzone Project: Love & energy TBC Productions
4] The Underdog Project: It doesnt matter Loops Dance Construction (Germany)
5] Kenny Moulton: Baby its you Hit Factory Records / SideBusters Entertainment