Hit the dance floor
Dance compilations seem to have flooded the market, what with music channels collaborating with music companies to release albums
LIKE ALWAYS, this year-end too, music companies are doling out compilation albums, and several feature the most successful music acts of the year. This time, the emphasis is definitely on dance music. Though a lot of hip-hop happened towards the middle of the year, dance music acts were the ones that caught the attention of Indian listeners. "Shiny Disco Balls", "Rapture", and desi acts abroad like Punjabi MC ("Mundiyan Tho Bachke") were some songs that made it big this year. Also, the visible trend is the steadily rising club scene in cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. This is probably, one of the reasons for such an avalanche of dance music albums this year.
"Club Connections" released by Sony Music in association with Royal Stag and MTV (cassette: Rs. 135) features 16 club hits. Kicking off with "Jenny From The Block", which was J Lo's comeback anthem, the album takes you on a high-tempo ride with a remix version of "Jaleo" from Ricky Martin's new album, the `sweet' rhythm of DJ Sammy's "Heaven", and ending with "Shiny Disco Balls", perhaps THE dance anthem this year.
Remix versions of "I've Got You" (originally by Marc Anthony) and the Eurythmics classic, "Sweet Dreams Are made Of These" pump up the BPM rate of the album.
"Hit Machine" released by EMI Music in association with Channel V (Virgin Records: cassette: Rs. 135) follows the similar formula tracks like Kylie Minogue's "Come Into My World", Atomic Kitten's "Be With You", Blue's "You Make Me Wanna" and the rest are rhythm at its best. The album kicks off with "Husan", the Bhangra Knight remix version of the song with the same name by a band called Bald & Spiky. Featuring an infectious groove and rhythm, it is one of the biggest dance-floor favourites right now in India. The Beam v/s Cyrus feat MC Hammer version of "You Can't Touch This" gives new life to the original track, and all-time favourites like Dirty Vegas ("Ghosts") and C21 ("Stuck In My Heart") are also to be found in the album.
These are just two of the many dance-floor albums available at music stores right now. Others like "Pop Goes Dance" feature a similar line-up of groovy tunes, and if you are the hardcore discotheque freak, you always have the "This Is Trance" series of albums. The sixth edition of the album features an unbeatable collection of trance rhythms.
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