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Hed Kandi: Back to Love [1999]

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The Back to Love series released by the Hed Kandi label looks back to the U.K. dance scene's "Summer of Love" era. The Back to Love title references a popular London club night from the era that sought to embody the essence of 1989. The majority of the songs come from 1988-1989, though there is also a noticeable variety of songs from earlier and later years. Even if the songs weren't released during the late '80s, however, they certainly sound like it. This first volume features an impressive variety of songs such as David Morales' "Classic Club Mix" of Jamiroquai's "Space Cowboy" and the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced, Sounds of Blackness-performed "Optimistic." Each of the volumes features two discs that sadly aren't mixed DJ style. A great collection of music for anyone who cherishes the style of dance music that made the U.K.'s Summer of Love such a special time.

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