Nonstop Party Hit Mix

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If you wandered into a dance club in Austria or Germany and the DJ was seriously into Latin music, the results might sound something like Nonstop Party Hit Mix. This two-CD set, which was put out by the Austrian Baur label, offers 21 medleys that take a fast, high-tech, Euro-dance approach -- and by the time Disc Two is finished playing, the listener has heard bits of over 85 songs. Latin songs are the top priority, and Mallorca touches upon major flamenco nuevo hits of Spain as well as familiar tunes ranging from "La Bamba" and "Guantanamera," to "Macarena." But Mallorca (which isn't a real artist so much as a studio creation) also includes its share of German and Austrian pop and dance tunes as well as American disco favorites like the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Nonstop Party Hit Mix is exhilarating, if rather impersonal -- German and Austrian dance music can sometimes be overly mechanical. But then, this type of album isn't supposed to be warm or intimate; its only purpose is to make listeners get up and move. It's interesting to note that the campy, corny CD cover depicts three young women in skimpy bikinis -- while that type of overt, cheesy sexploitation was often frowned upon by American labels in the '90s, it was still common for European and Latin American labels to use scantily clad females to increase their sales.

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