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No Stars: Useless
1 star: Poor
2 stars: Average
3 stars: Good
4 stars: Excellent
5 stars: Masterpiece
TRONIK: Freestyle music (CD Album) CD LAND
Score: 3 stars
his first experience in Freestyle, this album is quite interesting. If you are addicted to
Breakdance / Electro Freestyles group as Freestyle Project and especially Flying
Steps, you should be mad about their songs.
Its not a chance if I mentioned these two German bands before, because B-Boy Tronik [Artyom Tiunov (keys, arrangements, vocoders & rap) & Salma Shamy (Lyric, rap & melody)] is a group which has a pronounced taste for Planet Rock beat and most of their tracks also teeming with vocoders. But the final touch brought to their tunes makes the difference. Indeed, Artyom (Russian) and Salma (American) are not content with putting a Planet Rock beat to vocoders and scratches, a few titles beneficiate of original and well worked keys/melodies mixed to a powerful beat.
its not the case for all the songs, the sound of some tracks are close from Flying
Stepss style notably. Normal, you could say, Artyom Tiunov is a breakdancer (since
1993) as the members of Flying Steps. We understand better where his inspiration and
references come from!
tracks are agreeable to listen to, but the track which immediately held my attention was
Freestyle music. Why? Because the melody and the keys are simply superb and
the addition of vocoders, all this creates a singular atmosphere. Could it be their brand?
A special mention to the B-Boy Tronik megamix whish is remarkably mixed. Its pretty
rare to see such fluidity, there is a true work of composition into the mix.
Its undeniable, the members of B-Boy Tronik have largely been influenced by Flying Steps and Freestyle Project. This is why, we wish them to personalize and polish their own style with other genres (Trance, Breakbeat, Dance & Jungle), and not to stay in this kind of style. It could assuredly become their force of persuasion.
CRAYONE: Touch me all over / Drop those pants! (CD single)
--Limited edition DVD Biopack-- ZIPIT RECORDS [
Touch me all over
Score: 1 star
Drop those pants
Score: No stars
Crayone hails from
Presented in a nice DVD packaging, this limited edition contains two songs from the album Toyfriend which have been redone (12 mixes) for this 2003 CD collector.
the track Touch me all over is oriented to our style including 4 Freestyle
mixes on 6. Honestly, the style of this song reminds us of the Old School Freestyle genre
from the 80s. This is undeniably the sole success of those Freestyle remixes, because his
way of singing is simply unbearable. He opted for a more Pop truly insipid genre, and we
quickly notice that vocally he is very limited.
for the Drop those pants song, this track and some of his deplorable mixes
(Dance, Merengue, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton & Electro), they will provoke a total
indifference. And Ill understand you!
One thing is sure, and believe me there wont be any controversy, the final result is alarming. Please Bylli Crayone doesnt persevere in this insignificant style. In advance, thank you.
BEST EXTENDED VERSIONS VOLS. 1 & 2 (Compilation - 2 CD Set) CUTTING RECORDS [
Score: 4 stars
The content of this double-disc set is more than attractive.
brings together 20 Freestyle extended gems that were all available on 12 vinyl
record, but for most of them they have never been released on maxi CD single. On disc N°1
[10 titles]: Sa-Fire Dont break my heart (1986), Giggles Love
letter (1987), Coro Where are you tonight (1989), Corina Out of
control (1987), Concept Of One Featuring Tony Moran Dance with me
(1989), Tolga Leave it all behind (1987), Yvonne What about me
(1988), Samuel Open your eyes (1988), Jaidie Answer my cry (1990)
and Exaltation Hearts desire (1987). And on the disc N°2 [10 titles] :
Sa-fire Let me be the one (1987), Tolga Lovin fool (1988),
Coro Cant let you go (1990), Corina Give me back my heart
(1988), Sam Savon My heart alone (1991), Giggles What comes around goes
around (1991), Yvonne Theres a party going on (1989), Concept Of
One Featuring. Noel The question (1990), Jaidie Love you, love you
(1991) and Arlene Why u wanna hurt me (1992).
is worth buying and will become a must have in your collection. It is not a mixed CD, so
it will permit you to get 20 terrific Freestyle classics that definitely marked the whole
Freestyle history. For those who dont have the original pressings or for those who
just dont have them on CD for a better recording sound, this 2 CD set from Cutting
Records is a godsend.
doubt that other CDs will come, for the simple reason that this
X-ZONE (DVD) SHIFT MUSIC & MEDIA / ZYX MUSIC [
Score: No star
will go straight to the point, this DVD completely staggered me and disappointed me as far
as its content is concerned.
This region 2 DVD destined mainly for the German market gathers 72 minutes of musical programs recorded in Dolby 5.1. I stated musical programs because when I discovered the content on the back of the DVD, I said to myself: Wow! 16 videos of Freestyle artists & groups. In fact, I was wrong!
Ive watched (or Ive listened to!!!!!) the whole DVD, I only saw 10 videos and
6 audio songs (Marc Austin: Lighthouse, Lil Suzy: Take me in your
arms, Samira: I cant get you, Five On Ten: Feel the
groove, Stonay: Around you and T.I.M.: Zero Gravity). My
I took on me and I said: Lets see the videos now! It was my second
most of the tracks that were already horrible to listen to on CD, were
boring to watch, except for the track by Dow Low Lovething and the one by
The Officer Partyzone. At this moment, I thought it was a little
bit too much for a same item! Especially when I talk about my third
the videos themselves. They were simply execrable to watch. For the
majority of them, they lacked professionalism and they were visually poor. I was totally
saddened by this lack of seriousness. You can almost feel the lack of money and ideas.
Too many disappointments for a same product!
POWER 96 PRESENTS FREESTYLE FLASHBACK (CD medley) SUMMA ENTERTAINMENT , INC.
Score: 3 stars
Johnny Caride (resident DJ on Radio station Power 96 in
fact, this medley is a kind of friendly musical battle between two states:
alternates many Latin Hip-Hop & New School Freestyle gems from record labels and
personalities from the Big Apple like One way love (TKA)
Together forever (Lisette Melendez), Because of you (The Cover
Girls), Wondering (Tonasia), Crying over you (Soavé),
Cant let you go (Coro), Remember (Fascination), Leave
it all behind (Tolga), Baby dont go (FFWD) and Please
dont go (Nayobe), to some more Miami sound tracks and Old School
Freestyle artists, producers and labels from Florida, and especially the Miamis
area, as Play another song for me (Olga), We belong together
(Secret Society), Voices in your heard (Paris By Air), L.O.V.E.
(Erotic Exotic), Give me your love (Voice in Fashion), I want you
(Shana), I want you (Teaz II Pleaz) and Diamond girl (Nice N
more seriously, dont believe what Ive just written, it was a joke! Its
OFFICER: Partyzone (CD album) FREEFILES / SPV
Score: 2 stars
career of his singer is incomprehensible, really! We first met him under the name of
Stonay. Parallel to his solo career, he formed with Elios the band called The Officer
& Elios; one of the rare groups singing in English (Stonay) and in Italian (Elios).
For one track Party they called themselves The Officers. And now,
the other officer (Elios) gone, he became
The Officer! Weird, isnt
irremediably just a question of marketing if he kept this name, because the songs by The
Officer (with or without Elios) are all available on this album
He mainly gathered Freestyle songs as Partyzone,
Cry Baby gimme all your love, The light, La
Musica, Party, Dont break my heart, two Euro Dance
tracks particularly awful (Fly & Nightrain), & a not
interesting R&B song (?) Blue sky and a pretty-pretty ballad, X-mas
party. There is also an 11 minute-long megamix that should convince the buffs of
this band and a Freestyle remix + a video of Partyzone.
Its true that The Officers style is not unpleasant but it remains redundant. The producer Kalvin Madison should seriously think about changing the melodies and the rhythm beat (Planet Rock). And Stonay should change his way of singing which its always the same. Otherwise, this album / compilation is not disagreeable, especially as for the Freestyle songs.
RETURN OF PLANET FREESTYLE (CD compilation) ODEON RECORDS
Score: 2 stars
a break, Odeon Records was back last Summer to the Canadian Freestyle scene with this 19
titles compilation produced by Chris Phillips, except for the track
Radio by Stephanie Pinedo (originally produced by Mickey Garcia & Guiseppe D) and the duet between Collage
& Kathy Phillips on the song Angel (produced by Adam Marano).
It is honest to say that the Freestyle genre of the songs (composed of Planet Rock beat and/or Euro Freestyle keys) becomes quickly really boring. In my humble opinion, too many songs are oriented towards this musical direction. I know that the Canadian Freestylers plebiscite that genre of Freestyle.
And Chris Phillips seemed to be struck by the Jossette syndrome, 4 tracks used some keys a la Josette: Movin on by Desiré, See the sun by Freda, I could never let you go by Lucy Falcone and I have dreams by Dimi.
there are a few tracks that distinguish themselves by their vocal performance as In
and out by Kathy Phillips, Movin on by Desiré (the style and the
voice are close to Rockells), Wait for me by Linda Furtado, See
the sun by Freda, Youre my angel by Emmanuel and Give me
love by Alexia Phillips.
Please Chris, in your next compilation could you offer us more New School & Old School productions? Pleaaaaaaaaaase
VERY BEST OF JOHNNY O: Famous last words (CD compilation 2 CD set) ZYX
Score: 2 stars
best of was out last summer and was supposed to sum up (more or less) the
long singing career of Johnny Ortiz from his debuts on MicMac Records until his last album
distributed by ZYX Music Germany.
the first CD, there are 8 extracts from the full-length album The sounds of my
heart (2002), two medleys released on maxi CD single (Megamix &
Stevie B vs. Johnny O: Mega Freestyle), the video of Love letters
and also a video message from Johnny O. While on the second CD is proposed a résumé
(over 14 tracks) of Freestyle and non-Freestyle classics from MicMac Records and Ex-It
Records. No need to name each song, you already know them perfectly well. Some of the
songs are available on extended versions on this CD.
I dont know if its the best of Johnny O, but this compilation is only destined to the Freestylers who didnt manage to collect the songs from his previous albums & several maxi-singles. For the other fans (who already possess everything from this artist), they will abstain to buy it.
Nu Image: Ill always love you (Multi Edit) Aria Records / Micmac records
Nina Martinez : Gimme just 1 night Bigtime! Entertainment [
Chrissy I-eece: You & me E.L.I. Records [
4] Joey Santana: You are the one for me E.L.I. Records
Aby: Sometimes Bigtime! Entertainment [
Evolution of dance (compilation) Big Time! Entertainment [
Best Extended versions vols. 1 & 2 (compilation - 2 CD Set) Cutting Records [
Bad Boy Joe Presents The Best Of Freestyle Megamix vol.3 (medley) What If Productions LLC
Jose Melendez Presents Freestyle Lost &Found (compilation) Mastermixx Entertainment /
Power 96 presents Freestyle Flashback (medley) Summa Entertainment, Inc. [
B-Boy Tronik: Freestyle music CD Land [