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Afterhour Power: Main Room Anthems

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Rather than bill itself as the work of a top-class DJ or that of a trendsetting label, Afterhour Power: Main Room Anthems bills itself as representative of After Hour Power, an elite Hollywood club imported from Amsterdam. The club caters to only the most affluent crowd among the greater Los Angeles area, happens bi-weekly or so at the Hollywood Palace on Saturday nights, and features progressive house and trance as spun by European DJs. This CD captures the essence of what you'd typically hear at After Hour Power. Spreading 13 tracks over the course of a single disc, Afterhour Power: Main Room Anthems surely lives up to its subtitle. After the first track eases you in, one colossal peak-hour track after another thunders along. Occasionally you're left to drift blissfully in some trancy ambience for a moment or so, but soon the drums start up and are booming again for several minutes on end until the next comedown. Overall, there isn't anything too musically special about this mix. It's essentially run-of-the-mill progressive house. The After Hour Power branding brings some novelty to the CD, particularly if you're fond of the club, and the Moonshine Records affiliation will ensure wide distribution, but that's about all this album really has going for it. It's musically interchangable with a myriad other progressive house mixes out there, if not actually substandard.

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