Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lazy Dog: Deep House Music

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lazy Dog: Deep House Music

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Lazy Dog: Deep House Music * Mixed by Ben Watt and Jay Hannan * Astralwerks

DJ mixes on CD--those nonstop, Smoothly sequenced collections Of dance anthems designed to simulate a late-night club experience--are no longer just a dime a dozen, they're a dime a gross. Sadly, with their proliferation, quality has taken a nosedive. The attractive packaging seduces (hint: Those shiftless muscle boys on the cover aren't the ones making the music), but the soulless thumping drone inside just assaults.

The latest guilty addition to the ranks of the forgettable and funk-free is DJ David Knapp's The White Party 2000. Boasting big hits from big stars like Amber, Kim English, and Ultra Nate, the disc suffers from diva overkill and unimaginative mixes, the very feature that will undoubtedly make it a disco-consumer magnet. The tracks, taken individually, are just fine. However, welded together, one right after the other in factory-like succession, they have a sameness and cold amphetamine Crunch party. make for an alienating circuit party. …

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