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10 Years Of Off The Wall

Various Artists - Off The Wall

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Take California Propellerheads MP3 sample
  2   Eple Royksopp MP3 sample
  3   Start The Commotion The Wiseguys MP3 sample
  4   So Rotton Black Twang feat. Jahmali MP3 sample
  5   What's Going On? Mekon feat. Roxanne Shante  
  6   The Hard Margin The Creators feat. Mos Def & Talib Kweli MP3 sample
  7   A Minha Menina The Bees  
  8   Maracana Madness E-Klektik MP3 sample
  9   Trickshot Ceasefire MP3 sample
  10   Red Tape Agent Provateur MP3 sample
  11   Gold Is Your Metal Themroc  
  12   Sometimes Les Rhythmes Digitales MP3 sample
  13   As You Do Medicine  
  14   Happiness Shawn Lee MP3 sample
  15   It's Automatic Zoot Woman  
  16   The Postman The American Analog Set MP3 sample
  17   Sweet Child Of Mine Akasha feat. Neneh Cherry  
Disc 2:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Ten Years Propellerheads  
  2   Trixstar Black Twang feat. Est'elle MP3 sample
  3   Happiness Shawn Lee  
  4   Crazy Baby (Groove Armada remix) Akasha MP3 sample
  5   Jacques You Body Les Rythmes Digitales  
  6   Number One Eastwick & Holloway MP3 sample
  7   Remind Me Royksopp  
  8   Into The Light Themroc MP3 sample
  9   Wet Dreams DJ Pierre  
  10   Whores, Freaks, Saints & Angels Dirty Betniks MP3 sample
  11   It's Automatic Zoot Woman  
  12   Cowboy '78 The Wiseguys MP3 sample
  13   Maracana Madness (Jon Carter remix) E-Klektik  
  14   What's Going On? Mekon MP3 sample
  15   Woman Beat Their Men Junior Cartier  
  16   Ouch Vinyl Dialect MP3 sample
  17   Agent Dan Agent Provocateur  
  18   I Smile To My Eyes Medicine MP3 sample
  19   History Repeating Propellerheads  

Smoke Notes

Great double CD collection of the biggest moments from the London-based Wall Of Sound Label in the usual mixed and unmixed formats. Of the 17 tracks on the unmixed first disc, there's a massive width of sounds that belies WOS' undeserved reputation as simply a "big beat" label, that being a catch-all phrase coined by the typically lazy British music press to describe the mid-1990s sound pioneered by Norman "Fatboy Slim" Cook and the Chemical Brothers in their DJ sets. It was a sound that mixed lo-fi rock and 60s anthems with hard-edged breakbeats and techno sounds to great effect. It had the added bonus of sounding even better when you were drunk and surrounded by equally drunk people, as opposed to simply sounding good on E (although it sounded absolutely bloody genius when you were on E AND booze!) From that period, Propellerheads' "Take California", The Wiseguys "Start The Commotion" and Ceasefire's "Trickshot" all still sound fresh and phat as the proverbial butcher's cat, Ceasefire especially with its massive breakbeat and room-smashing breakdown using Al Pacino samples from 'Carlito's Way'. On more varied ground there's soulful, reggae-flavoured hip-hop like Black Twang's classic "So Rotton" and The Creator's "The Hard Margin", the latter featuring then unknown MC's Talib Kweli and Mos Def, and swirling Nordic-electronica from Royksopp with the completely batty "Eple". The second disc features only a few tracks off the first CD which is a bonus (even they're in mostly remixed forms) and is very well put together by The Propellerhead's Alex Gifford, a man nowadays better known for his film soundtrack work ('Die Another Day' was his most recent). Les Rhythmes Digitales, Royksopp, Eastwick and Holloway and The Propellerheads themselves all feature large with some brilliant tunes. Overall a great compilation that does that wonderful adds-up-to-more-than-the-sum-of-its-parts thing that all good label compilations should aspire to. A great purchase for lovers of a good jump around. Recommended.

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Artist: Various Artists - Off The Wall
Album: 10 Years Of Off The Wall
Cat #: 5914952
Date: 30/10/2003
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 2
Label: Wall Of Sound
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 days
Genres: Compilations , Dance
Normally: $49.95
SmokeCDs Price: $42.95
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