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The latest fad in albums is hardcore trance music.


DANCE MUSIC in India has been gradually gaining popularity and mass appeal. Whether it is the international hip-hop and R&B forms of music or remixes of evergreen Hindi soundtracks, the discotheque culture is popular with the urban youth of the country.

The latest fad seems to be that of remixing Hindi oldies with popular international tracks. For instance, a Bee Gees' classic, Stayin' alive, is mixed with an old Hindi classic, Jaa re jaa, giving the latter a new life and punch.

International DJs like Tom Stephan and Lee Burridge, who toured India in the recent months, exposed Indian partygoers to more energetic forms of music. The trend is catching on in the dance clubs in the country.

This means that listeners are beginning to appreciate the more intense forms of dance music such as psychedelic trance and house music. A couple of dance albums released recently gives one an idea of the current music trends. The `Dome Party Album' (Times Music; CD: Rs. 295) features eight remixes of previous dance-floor hits.

The album kicks off with the Murk Vs. Kristine Remix of Some lovin', and takes you on a high-tempo, high-energy trip with tracks such as At the end by Iio (of `Rapture' fame), the Swordfish Mix of Paul Oakenfold's Planet Rock and many more remixes done by popular DJs and artistes synonymous with trance and techno music. The two videos included in the CD are an added bonus.

`The Basement Box' (Times Music; CD: Rs. 295) is a twin-album collection of 20 house music grooves, including remix versions of some of the popular pop hits of yesteryears. The `Level 1' album features an energetic remix of the Jim Morrison classic, Light my fire, alongside tracks such as Blue's Sorry seems to be the hardest word and Boys of summer, remixed by DJ Thomas, Sunset Boulevard and the rest. A Barbie Young version of the Chica boom song is also included in the collection. The `Level 2' album features more hardcore trance tracks such as Jimmy Gomma's Feels like heaven, versions of Ce ce rhythm, Live to tell and Crank it up.

A. VISHNU

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