Essential Mix

Essential Mix

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Pete Tong's Essential series of DJ mix CDs has become a British dance tradition -- a double-disc set from Fatboy Slim and Paul Oakenfold introduced the series to the U.S. -- but it's never included an American DJ before now. Florida-based DJ…  See more details below

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Pete Tong's Essential series of DJ mix CDs has become a British dance tradition -- a double-disc set from Fatboy Slim and Paul Oakenfold introduced the series to the U.S. -- but it's never included an American DJ before now. Florida-based DJ Icey is one of the leading lights, or at least glowsticks, of the "funky breaks" scene -- a sort of translation of the European techno idiom into American vernacular by way of hard Miami-style bass, using breakbeats as punctuation rather than as a backbone for a vaguely robotic groove. (Its spacious but high-velocity sound goes over well at outdoor raves, which are Icey's bread and butter.) This Essential Mix revolves around a handful of Icey's own productions and remixes, and he seems anxious to show off his range. There are some abrupt changes in style and vibe, from monomaniacal bangers such as Paul Rubin's "Party Going On" to Agnelli & Nelson's diva-driven techno song "Everyday" to Icey's own Latin-freestyle tribute "Chain Reaction." His favorite records sometimes rely too heavily on the same old synth presets, but the best parts of the set pound and echo like a huge sound-system under the desert stars.

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The breaks aren't quite as funky as they used to be, but with his Essential Mix, DJ Icey moves the earthy big-beat style forward to embrace futuristic breakbeat trance and electro. Icey also keeps the energy level peaking throughout, even while he ropes in a cast of musically varied producers and remixers, from big-beat rawkers Freestylers to trance maestros Novy Vs. Eniac to Detroit electro mainstay DJ Godfather to symphonic techno forebears Orbital (plus four of his own productions). In an era when the heavily commercial side of progressive trance is usually a DJ's easiest way out, Icey's Essential Mix warps the style until it meets his own ends.

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Release Date:
08/22/2000
Label:
Sire / London/Rhino
UPC:
0643443114226
catalogNumber:
31142

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Essential Mix 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best if not THE best of DJ Icey's work. He is incredible with the turn tables!!! To see him in a live performance is just amazing. When I hear this cd, the music seems to just get inside of me and it makes me want to dance!