Dean Coleman

House of Yoshi: The Collection

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What looks at first glance like just one more DJ mix of generic, thumpadelic soundalike club singles turns out to be something much more exciting: a collection of actual songs, all of them fitting comfortably within the general architecture of house music but none of them so constricted by it that they lose their individual character. DJ Dean Coleman has mixed a very nicely varied program of house numbers that will be familiar to dance radio audiences on both coasts, but may come as something of a revelation to those outside the inner circle of club cognoscenti. Some of these selections work better than others, of course; Sumo's "Yes We Will (Chris and Kai Paradise Island Vocal)" opens the album on kind of a strange note, with vocals that slide queasily toward and away from the music's tonal center, but with dubwise effects and a slamming beat that make up for that awkwardness. After that, the hits just keep on coming: singer Erire runs away with Danny Howells and Dick Trevor's lovely "Dusk Till Dawn," and Brother Brown's "Under the Water (Deep Dish Underpressure Remix)" is a funky delight as well. Easily two-thirds of the remainder of the program meets the high standard set by those two tracks, and the rest aren't far behind. Highly recommended.

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