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Hed Kandi - The Mix 2008

2008-06-26 19:10
You can picture preppy southern suburb boys – with their Abercrombie and Fitch golf shirts, collar turned up - getting into this. You know, the kind of guy who’s too young for a trophy wife, so he accessorises with a pretty young WASP girlfriend, who hangs onto his every word as she sips on a sweet alco-pop drink through a straw? They can be spotted in their natural habitat moving with purpose on the checkered dance floor at Mother City hotspots like Wadda, Cubana or Tiger Tiger.

Anyway, back to the music. The first disc is packed with a playlist of familiar dance tracks, starting off with the stomping "Another Love" by the Mac Project featuring Therese and including the old school track "Show Me Love". Okay, so the latter must be at least 10 years old, but it’s still a faithful old floor filler. The mixing isn’t too complicated either, which means you won’t look like Mr. Bean when transitioning from one song to another.
In contrast, the second disc is a little disappointing. It lacks the pace and punch of the tracks on the first disc, so it should only be played if the first disc is scratched beyond repair. "It’s true" by Axwell & Sebastien Ingrosso vs. Salem Al Fakir is super cheesy and sounds very formulaic. The lyrics are hammered into your memory: "It’s true, life will smile for you" seems to be all they could come up with.

There are no twists and turns in the music, no rises, no peaks and even your foot wants to stop tapping as it loses interest in the track. “Fired Up,” originally written by The Funky Green Dogs, usually gets everybody going on the dancefloor, but Denis The Menace and Bigworld never really commit to the tack, as we found our internal jukebox imagining it was another remix entirely. And then there's the cover artwork. Designed by Pop art guru, Jason Brooks it breaks away from tradition and feels sparkly, glitzy and golden. It's one of the best looking album covers for the Hed Kandi label yet.

iPod possibilities: "Calabria 2008" by Enur Feat. Natasja. It's the perfect accompaniment to a pink mojito (that’s a normal mojito with a touch of bitters).

Leezl Kaschula

If you’re a trustafarian jetting off to Ibiza soon, this mix is something to pop onto your iPod when you’re lying on your sunbed working on that all over tan.

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