Move Your Body: Ultimate Dance - Various Artists (Time Life).
This new compilation CD is a pleasing stroll down dance music recent memory lane with songs such as Tamia's "Stranger In My House" and Sonique's "It Feels So Good." Old-school and and new-school divas such as Crystal Waters, Deborah Cox, Melanie C and Danni Minogue join the likes of Sting, Alice Deejay, and Daniel Bedingfield on this 18-track collection of club hits.
Electro Slash Disco: 80's Underground Dancefloor Sounds, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (Koch).
Going even further back down memory lane is this new release that gathers some of the biggest underground dance hits from 20 years ago, when funky disco beats crashed and ultimately merged with synth-driven electronic instrumentation. Included in this must have CD for any of you who partied late into the night in Chicago during the 1980s at places such as Berlin, Medusa’s, and Neo is “Situation” by Yaz, “Walking On Sunshine” by Rocker Revenge, and “The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight” by The Dominatrix.
Truly Madly Completely: The Best of Savage Garden – Savage Garden (Sony).
Do you remember this Australian duo (Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones) who took the world by storm beginning in the late 1990s? You should because with more than 23 million albums sold before parting ways four years ago, they are one of the most successful duos in history with chart-topping songs such as “I Want You,” “To The Moon And Back,” and “Truly Madly Deeply.” This 17-track “Best of” collection also contains two brand new songs from Hayes, whose extraordinarty voice still captivates.
“Music” – Leela James (Warner Brothers)
This is a stunningly good collection of dance remixes of a ballad from James’s debut album that will surely delight serious dance fans. The underlying song is top-notch, lamenting the fact that music just ain’t what is used to be, and is re-worked for various styles of dane floors by the likes of Eddie Baez, Dave Hernandez, Richard Morel, and Simon Aston. While these are all fantastic efforts in their own right, I found the L.E.X. Back To House Mix to be the best among this very strong set.