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    POSTED 29 AUGUST 2001

    Return of Iceland's Favorite Diva "Vespertine" Bjork
    ...available here.
    Ever since she split from the Sugarcubes and struck out on her own with 1993's "Debut," Bjork has flavored her music with a dance aesthetic that has become more pronounced on each successive release. Set for release on August 28, her latest disc, "Vespertine," is sure to continue that exploration while displaying the off-kilter charm and crafty pop sense that have become her trademarks.
    * Read more about "Vespertine"
    ...available here.

    The Plastikman Cometh "De9-Closer to the Edit" Richie Hawtin
    ...available here.
    Detroit's Richie Hawtin, a.k.a. Plastikman, has become the king of minimalist techno's experimental edge. In 1999 the massively influential "Decks, EFX & 909" showcased his explosive talent for improvisation and beat structure while blowing through an impressive array of tracks with his driving, impossibly effective rhythms. Slated for release on September 18, Hawtin's "De9: Closer to the Edit" is another mind-blowing epic and a full-on test of dance music's latest technological thrust: the mixing of analogue and digital sound. Prepare to be amazed.
    * Read more about "De9: Closer to the Edit"
    ...available here.

    NEW AND NOTABLE

    Tweeking with the Method "Tweekend [EXPLICIT LYRICS]" Crystal Method
    ...available here.
    The mad chaos and relentlessly upbeat vibe Crystal Method bring to the table have been absent from the techno scene for four years, an eternity in the evolution of dance music. Yet Crystal Method's new record, "Tweekend," is more about devolution, breaking down the familiar bedlam into a wider tapestry of sound and texture, and weaving a more cynical worldview into the mix.
    * Read more about "Tweekend"
    ...available here.
    Dog Days and Late Nights "Vol. 1-Summer Chill" Stryke
    ...available here.
    Napping in a shady grove sounds even more appealing than usual after yet another long night at the club. For those particularly weary days of late summer, we offer "Summer Chill, Vol. 1" for your inspection. Featuring remixes of downtempo masters like Thievery Corporation and Shantel, it's an ideal way to pass the day before doing it all over again.

    * Read more about "Summer Chill, Vol. 1"
    ...available here.

    Perry Farrell's New "Song" "Song Yet to Be Sung" Perry Farrell
    ...available here.
    At first the thought of Perry Farrell as a DJ seems odd. After the groundbreaking art rock of Jane's Addiction and the whacked-out mix of sound and spectacle that was Lollapalooza, Farrell's sudden embrace of dance culture on "Song Yet to Be Sung" seems behind the curve. But by staying within himself and concentrating on his current muse, the Hebrew Jubilee, Farrell succeeds in making a record that not only elegantly blends dub, techno, and downbeat, but also sounds like an optimistic celebration of discovery.
    * Read more about "Song Yet to Be Sung"
    ...available here.

    Trance Foundations "Bedrock" Various Artists
    ...available here.
    Jimmy Van M is the latest American trance DJ to shred the notion that homegrown techno hasn't caught up with that of the rest of the world. While techno still struggles to rule the charts, local artists are running with techno (and trance music in particular). On the two-disc "Bedrock," Mr. M mixes up a masterful cocktail of beats that's both smooth and bitingly rhythmic. Also featuring fellow expert needle droppers like Christopher Lawrence and Kimball Collins, "Bedrock" proves that there's no longer any excuse for wallflowers in the land of opportunity.
    * Read more about "Bedrock"
    ...available here.

    EDITOR'S CHOICE

    Bossa-rific Beats "Bossa per Due" Nicola Conte
    ...available here.
    Hip beyond belief, Nicola Conte's "Bossa per Due" is equal parts Stereolab, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Thievery Corporation, with a dash of Martin Denny-style exotica added for good measure. With touches of acid funk as well as sitar and tabla instrumentation, it's a shot into the arm of the rather stagnant downtempo genre and an immensely fun addition to your daily cocktail hour.
    * Read more about "Bossa per Due"
    ...available here.

    TOP SELLERS

    "Another Late Night [EXPLICIT LYRICS]" Fila Brazillia
    ...available here.
    "Faith in the Future" Uberzone
    ...available here.
    "She: A Female Trip-Hop Experience" Various Artists
    ...available here.
    "String Cheese Remix Project" DJ Harry
    ...available here.

    NEW DVD RELEASE

    Moby Plays Around "Moby - Play the DVD"
    ...available here.
    Superstars are supposed to take themselves much more seriously than Moby apparently does. On his new "Play, the DVD," Moby presents a perfect synthesis of performer, serious artist, and class clown. Along with a collection of all the videos from his incredible "Play" album, the DVD contains a ton of hilarious extras like "Give an Idiot a Camcorder," featuring Moby as a lost Frenchman, an excitable Scot, and a fishy hand puppet. If you don't already own a DVD player, this is as good a reason as any to buy one.
    * Read more about "Play, the DVD"
    ...available here.

    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Haunting Electronica Dicing and mingling everything from synthesized drums and melodic accents to orchestral strings and then topping it all off with sultry, subdued vocals, Goldfrapp have come up with " Human" (from "Felt Mountain"), a song that could serve as the theme for a yet-to-be-made James Bond film.
    * Download "Human"
    ...available here.
    * See all Dance & DJ downloads
    ...available here.

    FEATURED BARGAIN OF THE WEEK

    "Enter the Meatmarket" Armand Van Helden's Sampleslaya
    ...available here.
    For his new record, "Enter the Meatmarket," house master Armand Van Helden invented the character Sampleslaya, a more upbeat, party-oriented version of himself. Check out the results at a low price.
    See more Dance & DJ Value Picks
    ...available here.

    GREAT DEALS ON MP3 PLAYERS AND CD-RW BURNERS

    "Samsung YP-20T 32 MB Mini-Yepp MP3 Player"
    ...available here.
    Go digital and groove to your own tunes! Check out our Digital Audio Store for great deals on portable MP3 players, from the 128 MB Intel Pocket Concert (for up to four hours of music) to the 32 MB Samsung Mini-Yepp. Or burn your MP3s onto CDs in less than four minutes with the 20x write speed Yamaha CRW2200EZ CD-RW drive, then hit the road with a portable MP3-CD player like the Rio Volt.
    Hook yourself up in our Digital Audio Store
    ...available here.
    POSTED 9 AUGUST 2001

    Humpty's Hectic "Day" "Damn That DJ Made My Day" Richard Humpty Vission Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.98
    ...available here.
    Richard Humpty Vission's style of DJing is, above all else, fast. It's amped-up house music spun by an octopus with eight hands dropping needles on a relentless barrage of vinyl. On last year's "Shut the F*** Up and Dance," Vission squeezed 54 songs onto a single disc and somehow made it all flow; his latest, "Damn That DJ Made My Day," pulls back just a notch, blowing through 34 tunes in less than an hour. It's the ultimate upper, an energetic, chaotic freakout session for those particularly long nights of capricious youth.

    * Read more about "Damn That DJ Made My Day"
    ...available here.

    To Air Is Divine "10,000 Hz Legend" Air Our price: $12.99 | You save: $3.98
    ...available here.
    Eschewing the overt pop edge of their breakthrough record, "Moon Safari," Air's latest record, "10,000 Hz Legend," reaches further, exploring the more experimental terrain they only hinted at on last year's soundtrack for "The Virgin Suicides." With touches of Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd, and Serge Gainsbourg, it's a spaced-out computer-age oddity that rewards adventurous ears.

    * Read more about "10,000 Hz Legend"
    ...available here.

    Outrospection "Outrospective" Faithless Our price: $13.27 | You save: $0.70
    ...available here.
    With the exception of the new club anthem "We Come 1," which recalls the irresistible bombast of their massive hit "Insomnia," most of the latest from Faithless, "Outrospective," is a quieter affair, more post-rave mellow than pre-rave party-starter. With a pronounced R&B tone and a retro approach, it's the sound of a band trying to grow beyond the dance floor.
    * Read more about "Outrospective"
    ...available here.

    NOTEWORTHY RERELEASES

    Vive Dimitri! "Dimitri From Paris-Monsieur Di" Dimitri From Paris Our price: $14.22 | You save: $0.75
    ...available here.
    Francophiles and groove-funk fans everywhere have been hip to Dimitri from Paris's smooth brand of retro rhythm since 1996's sublime "Sacrebleu." Sporting a far-ranging set of influences--from disco, to bossa nova and Martin Denny-style exotica--"Monsieur Dimitri's De-luxe House of Funk" was orginally released in 1997 by "Mixmag" magazine. Now getting a wider release, the disc showcases the overtly danceable and fun style that would blossom on later records like 1999's "A Night at the Playboy Mansion." * Read more about "Monsieur Dimitri's De-luxe House of Funk"
    ...available here.

    Prodigy Times Two "Experience Expanded" Prodigy Our price: $13.99 | You save: $4.98
    ...available here.
    One of the first records to adequately capture the rave phenomenon in its prime, the Prodigy's "Experience" (1992) was a high-energy blast of break beats, frenetic melodies, and massive bass lines. Before techno was splintered and subdivided into a million pointy-headed genres, this was the sound that propelled the dance floor. "Experience: Expanded" adds a second disc of remixes to the original, putting a more modern spin on the material to provide a suitable contrast between the past and the present.
    * Read more about "Experience: Expanded"
    ...available here.

    EDITOR'S CHOICE

    Born to Two-Step "Born To Do It" Craig David Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98
    ...available here.
    Two-step, the latest genre of distinction in U.K. dance music, seems poised to drive dance music through yet more convulsions in its constantly ongoing evolution. Born out of the R&B/hip-hop and U.K. garage styles of artists like Romanthony, MJ Cole, and Timbaland, with dashes of spastic drum & bass-style rhythms and DJ scratches, it's an accessible sound that registers with ravers and hip-hop lovers alike. Craig David's name will forever be linked to the genre because of his vocal on the first bona fide two-step hit, "Re-rewind," from the U.K.'s Artful Dodger, but in reality, his sound is more closely linked to that of American R&B artists like R. Kelly and D'Angelo. His first U.S. release, "Born to Do It," has a sweet, romantic soul that only occasionally hints at the darker passions of true two-step. But make no mistake, the work of this 20-year-old drips with an advanced rhythmic sense that informs everything from his singing style to his song structure. It's an incredibly assured record that revels in boyish pleasures and subtle sexuality while gently introducing this country to one of dance music's most exciting new directions.
    * Read more about "Born to Do It"
    ...available here.

    TOP SELLERS

    "Volume 3: Further In Time" Afro Celt Sound System Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98
    ...available here.

    "Cafe Del Mar Volume 8 [IMPORT]" V/A Our price: $26.99
    ...available here.

    "Pulse" Various Artists Our price: $24.29 | You save: $2.70
    ...available here.

    "The Mirror Conspiracy" Thievery Corporation Our price: $12.99 | You save: $3.98
    ...available here.

    ARTIST ESSENTIALS

    Moby Kicks Moby's career is littered with great records, most notably the massively successful crossover "Play." Check out Amazon.com's list of essential Moby titles, along with all the other great dance artists found on our Artist Essentials page:

    * See Moby's essential CDs
    ...available here.

    * See all Dance & DJ essentials
    ...available here.

    DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

    Haunting Electronica Dicing and mingling everything from synthesized drums and melodic accents to orchestral strings and then topping it all off with sultry, subdued vocals, Goldfrapp have come up with "Human" (from "Felt Mountain"), a song that could almost serve as the theme for a yet-to-be-made James Bond film.

    * Download "Human"
    ...available here.

    * See all Dance & DJ downloads
    ...available here.

    QUANGO RECORDS

    They're Baaaack! Downtempo is all the rage now, but back in the house and jungle-crazed mid-'90s, Quango Records was a voice in the wilderness, despite producing classics like "Clear" by Bomb the Bass. The label is back after a long absence, with a slate of new compilations all set for release. The first two--"Cosmic Funk" and "Mystic Groove"--are available now (with a third release, "Brazilified," available on July 31 and a fourth, "Space Jazz," available on August 21). Check them out, and get a taste of what you missed the first time around.
    ...available here.

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    POSTED 11 JULY 2001

    Bringin' the Funk Simon Radcliffe and Felix Buxton, otherwise known as Basement Jaxx, have turned their funk-house blend of influences into huge success in the U.K., where they've scored with four No. 1 singles. Yet on American shores, they have only had marginal success. The duo took time out from their travels to speak with Amazon.com's Dance & DJ editor Matthew Cooke about "Rooty," dance music in America, and the current (rather boring) state of techno. * Go to the interview
    ...available here

    NEW AND NOTABLE

    Back to the Roots "Rooty" by Basement Jaxx
    ...available here
    London's Basement Jaxx made a splash in the U.S. a few years back with "Remedy," a raise-the-roof blend of house, funk, and hook-filled pop that took this country's hipper dance floors by storm. Now comes "Rooty," their latest piece of dance-hall wizardry. Kicking off with the irresistible " Romeo," and continuing on with a torrid, old-school vibe, it's a record that owes more to the early Chicago house sound of Frankie Knuckles than it does to the Chemical Brothers.

    Oakie Goes Fishin' "Swordfish [EXPLICIT LYRICS] [SOUNDTRACK]" by Paul Oakenfold
    ...available here
    Paul Oakenfold will tell anyone who will listen about how big a movie buff he is, though how he finds the time to watch movies while spinning records all over the globe is anyone's guess. Still, when director Domenic Sena asked him to propel the plot of Sena's latest movie, "Swordfish," with some of his trademark trance, Oakenfold managed to carve a wedge in his itinerary to record the soundtrack. Which is lucky for us--it's an utterly cohesive, blazing piece of techno craft that effortlessly captures the film's moody malevolence with smart nuances and a broad, glistening accessibility.

    EBTG's Private Collection "Back to Mine" by Everything But the Girl
    ...available here
    After their drum & bass-laced groovefest "Temperamental" and Ben Watt's "Lazy Dog" house-music side project (with KISS-FM's Jay Hannan), Everything But the Girl are suddenly at the forefront of electronic music's mellower edge. It's little wonder, then, that the folks behind Ultra Records' "Back to Mine" downtempo series went to the EBTG duo (consisting of Watt and vocalist Tracey Thorn) for the latest addition. What they got back is a record of subtle texture and expertly mixed selections, brimming with soulful house, dark-hued beat music, and the occasional idiosyncratic surprise. Is it a new Everything But the Girl record? Technically, no, but emotionally, thematically, and spiritually? Without a doubt.

    Dancing for Miles "Organik" by Robert Miles
    ...available here
    Italy's Robert Miles has been on trance's dreamy front burner since 1996's "Children" single turned a thousand clubs into bliss-filled Shangri-las. With "Organik," Miles's mesmerizing touch is back, as he delivers a typically uplifting and soulful blend of hypnotic rhythms and diverting atmospherics. It's a sterling return for the man with one of trance music's lighter touches.

    NEW RELEASE SPOTLIGHT

    Schizophenic Beats "Go Plastic" by Squarepusher
    ...available here
    Raised on jazz and informed by electronic music's cracked turntablist edge, the music of Squarepusher, a.k.a. Tom Jenkinson, sounds like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis by way of the Lawnmower Man. Along with fellow maniacs like DJ Food, Amon Tobin, and Aphex Twin's Richard James, Jenkinson is continually redefining what the fabric of techno can encompass, pushing the limits of rhythm with manic, jittery arrangements and bizarre musical textures. Sped up and cranked to 11, the new record, "Go Plastic," is a return to the drill & bass sound of his earlier "Big Loada," but it's devoid of easy classification; songs like the quirk-pop single "My Red Hot Car" represent new ground in Jenkinson's particular twisted genius. You'll break something if you try to dance to it, but if you have a good pair of ears and the ability to get excited by innovation, Squarepusher's juiced-up brain twisters can be a revelation.

    DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

    IDM Downloads "From Dream to Daylight," taken from To Rococo Rot's stellar, new "Music Is a Hungry Ghost," unwinds slowly, lulling the listener into a hypnotic state with Alexander Balanescu's serene violin playing and the band's strange sense of electronic minimalism. It's just one of the many IDM delights available via download at Amazon.com's Dance & DJ Downloads section. Go discover something odd and lovely so you can still respect yourself after the rave.

    * To Rococo Rot, "Music Is a Hungry Ghost"
    ...available here
    * Download "From Dream to Daylight"
    ...available here
    * See all IDM downloads
    ...available here
    * See all Dance & DJ downloads
    ...available here

    THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

    Ferry Corsten: Then and Now One of trance techno's most popular and prolific DJs, Ferry Corsten has been a mainstay in Europe's dance clubs since the early '90s. The Dutchman's recorded work, often found under one of his many pseudonyms (of which System F is the most often used), continues to define that particular blend of trance music's tension and release. Two new releases--a collection of early Corsten mixes and productions called "Kinky Toys for Party People" as well as the new Corsten mix record "Global Trance Missions, Vol. 1"--make excellent bookends to any trance fan's collection.

    * "Kinky Toys for Party People"
    ...available here
    * "Global Trance Missions, Vol. 1"
    ...available here

    EDITOR'S CHOICE

    Tasty Tunes "On the Ropes" by Mint Royale
    ...available here
    Incorporating the giant rhythms and party atmosphere of big beat with their own peculiar songcraft, Mint Royale fill their stateside debut, "On the Ropes," with all the elements of an ideal summer soundtrack. While the band has been inevitably compared to Fatboy Slim, Mint Royale's record is less sample-driven and more similar to traditional pop than Fatboy's flipped-out house music. It's an inventive, fun record that brims with creativity while remaining absolutely accessible and completely irresistible.

    POSTED 8 JULY 2001

    Bringin' the Funk Simon Radcliffe and Felix Buxton, otherwise known as Basement Jaxx, have turned their funk-house blend of influences into huge success in the U.K., where they've scored with four No. 1 singles. Yet on American shores, they have only had marginal success. The duo took time out from their travels to speak with Amazon.com's Dance & DJ editor Matthew Cooke about "Rooty," dance music in America, and the current (rather boring) state of techno.
    * Go to the interview
    ...available here

    NEW AND NOTABLE

    Back to the Roots "Rooty" by Basement Jaxx
    ...available here
    London's Basement Jaxx made a splash in the U.S. a few years back with "Remedy," a raise-the-roof blend of house, funk, and hook-filled pop that took this country's hipper dance floors by storm. Now comes "Rooty," their latest piece of dance-hall wizardry. Kicking off with the irresistible " Romeo," and continuing on with a torrid, old-school vibe, it's a record that owes more to the early Chicago house sound of Frankie Knuckles than it does to the Chemical Brothers.

    Oakie Goes Fishin' "Swordfish [EXPLICIT LYRICS] [SOUNDTRACK]" by Paul Oakenfold
    ...available here
    Paul Oakenfold will tell anyone who will listen about how big a movie buff he is, though how he finds the time to watch movies while spinning records all over the globe is anyone's guess. Still, when director Domenic Sena asked him to propel the plot of Sena's latest movie, "Swordfish," with some of his trademark trance, Oakenfold managed to carve a wedge in his itinerary to record the soundtrack. Which is lucky for us--it's an utterly cohesive, blazing piece of techno craft that effortlessly captures the film's moody malevolence with smart nuances and a broad, glistening accessibility.

    EBTG's Private Collection "Back to Mine" by Everything But the Girl
    ...available here
    After their drum & bass-laced groovefest "Temperamental" and Ben Watt's "Lazy Dog" house-music side project (with KISS-FM's Jay Hannan), Everything But the Girl are suddenly at the forefront of electronic music's mellower edge. It's little wonder, then, that the folks behind Ultra Records' "Back to Mine" downtempo series went to the EBTG duo (consisting of Watt and vocalist Tracey Thorn) for the latest addition. What they got back is a record of subtle texture and expertly mixed selections, brimming with soulful house, dark-hued beat music, and the occasional idiosyncratic surprise. Is it a new Everything But the Girl record? Technically, no, but emotionally, thematically, and spiritually? Without a doubt.

    Dancing for Miles "Organik" by Robert Miles
    ...available here
    Italy's Robert Miles has been on trance's dreamy front burner since 1996's "Children" single turned a thousand clubs into bliss-filled Shangri-las. With "Organik," Miles's mesmerizing touch is back, as he delivers a typically uplifting and soulful blend of hypnotic rhythms and diverting atmospherics. It's a sterling return for the man with one of trance music's lighter touches.

    NEW RELEASE SPOTLIGHT

    Schizophenic Beats "Go Plastic" by Squarepusher
    ...available here
    Raised on jazz and informed by electronic music's cracked turntablist edge, the music of Squarepusher, a.k.a. Tom Jenkinson, sounds like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis by way of the Lawnmower Man. Along with fellow maniacs like DJ Food, Amon Tobin, and Aphex Twin's Richard James, Jenkinson is continually redefining what the fabric of techno can encompass, pushing the limits of rhythm with manic, jittery arrangements and bizarre musical textures. Sped up and cranked to 11, the new record, "Go Plastic," is a return to the drill & bass sound of his earlier "Big Loada," but it's devoid of easy classification; songs like the quirk-pop single "My Red Hot Car" represent new ground in Jenkinson's particular twisted genius. You'll break something if you try to dance to it, but if you have a good pair of ears and the ability to get excited by innovation, Squarepusher's juiced-up brain twisters can be a revelation.

    DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

    IDM Downloads "From Dream to Daylight," taken from To Rococo Rot's stellar, new "Music Is a Hungry Ghost," unwinds slowly, lulling the listener into a hypnotic state with Alexander Balanescu's serene violin playing and the band's strange sense of electronic minimalism. It's just one of the many IDM delights available via download at Amazon.com's Dance & DJ Downloads section. Go discover something odd and lovely so you can still respect yourself after the rave.

    * To Rococo Rot, "Music Is a Hungry Ghost"
    ...available here

    * Download "From Dream to Daylight"
    ...available here

    * See all IDM downloads
    ...available here

    * See all Dance & DJ downloads
    ...available here

    THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

    Ferry Corsten: Then and Now One of trance techno's most popular and prolific DJs, Ferry Corsten has been a mainstay in Europe's dance clubs since the early '90s. The Dutchman's recorded work, often found under one of his many pseudonyms (of which System F is the most often used), continues to define that particular blend of trance music's tension and release. Two new releases--a collection of early Corsten mixes and productions called "Kinky Toys for Party People" as well as the new Corsten mix record "Global Trance Missions, Vol. 1"--make excellent bookends to any trance fan's collection.

    * "Kinky Toys for Party People"
    ...available here

    * "Global Trance Missions, Vol. 1"
    ...available here

    EDITOR'S CHOICE

    Tasty Tunes "On the Ropes" by Mint Royale
    ...available here
    Incorporating the giant rhythms and party atmosphere of big beat with their own peculiar songcraft, Mint Royale fill their stateside debut, "On the Ropes," with all the elements of an ideal summer soundtrack. While the band has been inevitably compared to Fatboy Slim, Mint Royale's record is less sample-driven and more similar to traditional pop than Fatboy's flipped-out house music. It's an inventive, fun record that brims with creativity while remaining absolutely accessible and completely irresistible.


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