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Scott Mills Presents: Big Ones

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Following Chris Moyles' parody album success, drive-time host Scott Mills becomes the second Radio 1 DJ to put his name to an album in six months. Unlike Moyles' "original" material Top 20 effort, Scott Mills Presents: Big Ones is a compilation of the best tracks from his Friday evening Floorfillers slot. Although on first glance, the track list reads like a Now That's What I Call Music album, the majority of hits included are in beefed-up remix versions, all designed to soundtrack the start of the weekend. Indeed, only four tracks from the first disc appear in their original form, with number ones from Usher, Cheryl Cole, and Pixie Lott all given the club-friendly makeover. Given a new lease on life, some songs are actually far superior after their remix treatment, particularly Jason Nevins' trance reworking of Leona Lewis' power ballad "Happy," Cahill's soulful house version of Iyaz's "Solo," and Almighty's '90s Italo-house-influenced edit of Usher's "OMG." However, some of the remixes strip away the best thing about the originals. Rihanna's infectious dancehall-led "Rude Boy" is turned into a cheap Clubland-style dirge, while Skeet's techno reworking of 3OH3!'s "My First Kiss" sounds like it was recorded on a miniature Casio keyboard. Ballads from Alicia Keys and Jason Derülo provide a welcome change of pace, but they sound misplaced among the rest of the dance anthems. With contributions from Calvin Harris, Freemasons, and Fred Falke, Big Ones certainly has the credentials, but thanks to the generic production of most of its remixes, it's a repetitive listen that pales in comparison to the similar Floorfillers series.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:57
2 3:03
3 3:23
4
2:29
5 4:46
6 3:29
7 3:36
8 3:54
9 3:15
10 3:32
11 3:24
12 3:25
13 3:27
14 4:00
15 4:14
16 3:46
17 4:29
18 3:37
19 4:12
20 3:00
21 4:18
22 3:17

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:49
2 3:30
3 3:19
4 3:09
5
JLS
3:40
6 3:16
7 3:14
8 3:37
9
3:28
10 2:23
11 3:16
12 3:30
13 3:16
14 4:26
15 3:59
16 2:28
17 4:30
18
4:30
19 2:29
20 2:43
21 3:07
22 2:49
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