Big Tunes: Ignition
is a double-disc mix album released by the Ministry of Sound label comprised of fast-paced, bass-heavy tracks intended for car stereo listening. While the music-for-driving marketing concept is somewhat odd, there's no question that these tracks would sound great on a subwoofer-powered car stereo at high volume while racing down the highway. The album is mixed by the Bass Slammers, who are credited with remixing 12 of the 40 tracks spread across two discs. Given the high ratio of Bass Slammers remixes, the tracks tend to sound similar in style, emphasizing hard-driving basslines and repetitious beats. Fans of the Bass Slammers style will find plenty to enjoy here, particularly on the first disc, on which practically every other song is a Bass Slammers remix. Highlights of the first disc include the Bass Slammers remixes of Dizzee Rascal
and Armand Van Helden'
s smash hit "Bonkers" and Kid Cudi
"Day 'N' Nite." In contrast, the second disc is more oriented toward trance, particularly the first half of the disc, which includes a couple old favorites, Darude
's "Sandstorm" and ATB'
s "9PM (Till I Come)." The Bass Slammers are better at remixing than they are at DJ mixing, unfortunately, and the tracks sometimes segue jarringly on Big Tunes: Ignition
. Anyone looking for a first-rate mix album put together with care and with a variety of track selections should look elsewhere. Big Tunes: Ignition
is oriented toward a niche market of dance music consumers mostly interested in bass-heavy tunes to test the capabilities of their car's subwoofer.