Essential Selection [2003]

Essential Selection [2003]

by Pete Tong

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Essential Selection [2003]

The ever-steady Pete Tong kept his Essential Selection train on track in 2003 with a stateside edition for Moonshine that was inspired by his summer in Ibiza. While it's tempting to automatically lump this edition in with the innumerable other Essential Selection mixes Tong recorded over the years (usually in conjunction with ffrr in the U.K.), that'd be a mistake because there's nothing generic about this particular edition in terms of music. Sure, back in the '90s Tong was a so-so DJ with all the right connections, but circa 2003 he'd become a force to be reckoned with and truly deserved his lofty billings -- he'd improved his mixing over the years and become more liberal with his track selection, at times eschewing the obvious for the obscure. This 2003 edition showcases these very attributes, as Tong bridges a jumpy 14-track mix as well as anyone realistically could without sacrificing the broad scope that he's chosen to unveil. He opens with some very congenial pop-crossover house (Holloway and Eastwick's "Downtime"), which is perhaps to be expected, but then he quickly detours toward a pleasant run of quirky tech-house (Bobby Peru's "Jack to the Future," Rework's "You're So Just Just," Jesper Dahlbäck's remix of Phonogenic's "Generations") before dropping the festive bombast of the Usual M.J.C.'s "Silco." From there Tong again makes a left turn, going with some dubby, jerky tracks that are totally uncategorical (Darkroom Dubs' "Darkroom Dubs La," Tom Mangan's "So We Can") before making the inevitable drift toward the climactic sounds of progressive house (Jack Prongo's "Alleviation of Distress," M.A.N.D.Y.'s "Tonite"). Okay, so the closing salvo of prog house excess is to be expected, as is the congenial opener, but Tong makes the getting from A to B quite interesting and enjoyable, as good DJs should. The liberties he takes here are a bit surprising given his reputation as a mainstream DJ with more commercial stature than raw talent, yet that's precisely what makes this Essential Selection disc a cut above its predecessors.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Moonshine Music
UPC: 0785688021225
catalogNumber: 80212

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pete Tong   Primary Artist
Steve Edwards   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Matt Schwartz   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Jo Mills   Group Member
Senda Romero   Bass
4Tune 500   Track Performer
Tom Mangan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Steve Edwards   Arranger,Producer
Clive Henry   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Matt Schwartz   Producer
Miles Hollway   Arranger,Producer
Gary Marx   Producer
Elliot Eastwick   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pete Tong   Liner Notes
Tuomas Salmela   Composer,Producer
Daniel Varga   Producer
Justin Drake   Composer
Jesper Dahlbäck   Producer,Remixing
Jark Prongo   Composer,Producer
Bobby Peru   Composer,Producer
Craig Morrison   Composer,Producer
Simon Noble   Composer,Producer
DJ Gregory   Remixing
Graeme Reedie   Composer,Producer
Maurice Bakes   Composer,Producer
Jo Mills   Producer
Chris Lake   Composer,Producer
Michael Kübler   Producer
Phoebus   Composer
Tom Mangan   Composer,Producer
Coco Silco   Composer
DJ Pat Bo   Composer,Producer

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