Various Artists | Global Underground 10 (Global Underground)

If Chicago’s Felix da Housecat’s progressive trance-infused “Silver Screen Shower Scene” doesn’t get you going, then Albion’s swirling trance rhythms on “Air” will allow you to release your inner dancing queen.

When Andy Horsfeld and James Todd came up with the idea of starting an international music label focusing on house/dance music, I doubt they had any idea just how influential their label would become. Ten years later, Global Underground, the brainchild of the two Geordie clubbers turned music producers, is set to unleash a massive retrospective highlighting their impressive arsenal of global house music.

The CD collection is being offered in two formats. For most of us, the overstuffed three-disc collection would be more than ample to get our collective grooves on, but for the hardcore fans of the Global Underground label, there is a limited edition four-disc set just to make sure that you don’t miss a beat.

On the three-disc set, the first two platters focus on GU’s back catalogue. The beauty of this particular collection is how GU has mixed up a little something for everybody no matter what your house music taste. If Chicago’s Felix da Housecat’s progressive trance-infused “Silver Screen Shower Scene” doesn’t get you going, then Albion’s swirling trance rhythms on “Air” will allow you to release your inner dancing queen. Out of the 20 (!) artists who appear on disc one, my personal favorite is Fatboy Slim’s “Sunset (Bird of Prey),” with its phenomenal blend of minimalist breakbeats and simplistic vocals.

Disc two is slightly slimmer, featuring only 17 electronic artists, but the talent is just as fierce. Highlights include Alcatraz’s “Give Me Love (That Kid Chris Tribute Mix),” the Forth’s trippy “Reality Detached (K Roxx 2006 Mix),” and Dark Globe’s infectious “Break My World.” Perhaps the most impressive track on disc two is from the one-time opening act for Moby, Hybrid, with their progressive trance track, “Theme From Wide Angle.” Where the first two discs allowed us to revisit artists on previous GU albums, the third disc contains 28 house/club gems from 1987–95.

In case you haven’t been keeping count, this collection contains 65 tracks logging over three-and-a-half hours of fantastic house/trance/breakbeat/electro/disco/trip-hop music. While the average clubgoer might be overwhelmed with the onslaught of music herein, there are so many tasty musical morsels contained in this compilation that it’s a must-have for any club music lover’s library.

 


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