Harry "Choo Choo" Romero

Subliminal Sessions, Vol. 2

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Much like his nickname suggests, Harry "Choo Choo" Romero offers listeners a ride. His DJ mixes go places; they continually move forward. The sweeping double-disc mix featured on Subliminal Sessions, Vol. 2 showcases this characteristic of Romero's mixes. The New York house DJ associated with Subliminal Records continually moves from one style of house to the next. One moment you're grooving to Erick Morillo's standard-but-sturdy mix of Junior Jack's "Thrill Me," the next you're marveling at the dementia of Green Velvet's "La La Land" -- from slick house to sick house, quite a transition. And that's not even halfway through the first disc. Romero continues to surprise you with twists and turns throughout the remainder of the album. Unlike Morillo, who mixed the first volume in the Subliminal Sessions series, Romero leads; he doesn't take requests. Unfortunately, sometimes his twists and turns aren't always welcome, like when the tempo sometimes feels lumbering. Nonetheless, the man some call "Choo Choo" delivers a courageous debut mix on Subliminal Sessions, Vol. 2, avoiding the beaten path for the road less traveled.

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