Anthony Mac

GBH: Funky House Music

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Every year or two, New York's trendiest club gets superseded by another. It's an inevitable occurrence in such a fast-moving city. Yet, despite the brief existence of most New York clubs, the city always hosts an epicenter -- that one, stylish club everyone wants to frequent. In 2001, Centro-Fly was undeniably New York's epicenter for trendy clubbing. And it didn't even matter what night of the week. Centro-Fly was always happening. This particular mix album by Topaz commemorates the club's Friday night, GBH, and its resident, Anthony Mac. Mac throws down 15 tracks for this mix, never departing from the joyous, steamy house sound so strongly identified with Friday nights at Centro-Fly. It's a representative set, featuring tracks by producers like DJ Disiple who often spin at GBH. Despite the hype and trendiness surrounding this popular club night, this mix album is underwhelming despite being representive. The music just isn't nearly as appealing outside of the Centro-Fly environment -- a context where even lackluster house music sounds great, a phenomenon proven by this album.

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