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Essential Mix
     

Essential Mix

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by Boy George
 
Though most Americans know Boy George as the lead singer for new wave superstars -- and Behind the Music subjects -- Culture Club, the stylish Londoner has been working as a professional DJ for over a decade. And after numerous bestselling mix-CDs in England, George is making his stateside debut as part of the Essential Mix

Overview

Though most Americans know Boy George as the lead singer for new wave superstars -- and Behind the Music subjects -- Culture Club, the stylish Londoner has been working as a professional DJ for over a decade. And after numerous bestselling mix-CDs in England, George is making his stateside debut as part of the Essential Mix series, following recent volumes by DJ Icey and DJ Skribble. Only dance music aficionados will recognize the artists on George's Essential Mix -- Amanda Ghost, Bassdubs, Vzions -- so what's important is the decksman's expansive track selection, which touches upon breakbeat, two-step garage, disco, progressive house, and trance. It's wildly eclectic, but he holds it together with tasty mixing skills: Whether he's quick cutting, cross-blending, or beat-matching, George's seamless flow is expertly engineered for sweaty hip grinding. Recalling everyone from NYC-legend Danny Tenaglia to trance-titan Paul Oakenfeld to French house act Cassius, George's Essential Mix boasts a distinctly "Euro" sound -- it's all shiny keyboard wiggles, soulful diva vocals, soaring pop hooks, and crispy digital ornaments. And while it might not feature his distinctive high tenor, some of George's flamboyant, outsized, and cheeky personality bleeds into the mix.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Boy George is always an eclectic one who's a few steps ahead of the fashion game, but also one for a keen ear for what's stylistically enjoyable. He's fond of his days of fronting Culture Club, the dark and dreary ones, too, but he comfortably switched from cheeky pop to spinning decks as a mad mix master since the early '90s. His own Essential Mix is a testament to that rise, a trippy 17-track selection that boasts Boy George's own indulgence for dance music. It's a heavy spiral of ragga and progressive house weaved with frenzied techno breaks, a tight swap of the new millennium's definitive music culture. He doesn't necessarily do something outrageously new, but the infectious club vibe in cuts like Boogie Macs' "Girl From Ipanema" and Cultural Diversion's "See Thru (MPcs Mix)" suggest Boy George's steady energetic pitch. His twisted "Trancesexual Mix" with Kinky Roland on Amanda Ghost's "Filthy Mind" transcends into vivacious groove of textured techno loops heightening Boy George's personal emotion that makes him want to feel the music. Essential Mix allows him to fully express his new musical jaunt without the pressure of what's current on the U.K. electronic scene, leaving him the opportunity to construct something that's compassionate, yet something wild.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2001
Label:
Sire / London/Rhino
UPC:
0643443114721
catalogNumber:
31147

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Performance Credits

Boy George   Primary Artist
Colein   Track Performer
Kinky Roland   Track Performer
Lee Coombs   Track Performer
Amanda Ghost   Track Performer
Tutto Matto   Track Performer
Trick or Treat   Track Performer
Boogie Macs   Track Performer
Different Gear   Track Performer
Vzions   Track Performer
Shauna Solomon   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Dark Globe   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Benny Golson   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Kevin Kelly   Composer
Faber   Composer
Kevin Tewis   Composer
Rey Rodriquez   Composer
F. Dyce   Composer
Duggan   Composer
Craig   Composer

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Essential Mix 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
very smooth mix of cool dance tracks...lots of fun