Dance history is rich with nightclubs that come to define musical movements. It started with The Paradise Garage, which is considered by many to be ground zero for modern electronic culture (an entire subgenre, garage, was named after it). Germany's Tresor will forever be linked to hard, aggressive techno, while London's Heavenly Social gave the world the Chemical Brothers and the big beat movement. In each case, the music heard at these clubs inspired a wave of artists, causing a synergy between the producers and the club. This CD captures the nu jazz movement in electronica. Based on the Bavarian nightclub of the same name, Club Bogaloo presents 11 tracks, mostly by artists who have performed at the club. Highlights include the electro-space-funk meets bossa rhythms of Rogall's "Hi Tech" and the mellow Detroit techno breakbeat of "Down the Line" by Domu. The only recognizable name on this disc is Les Gamma, who contribute their '70s funk sound with "People Gettin' High." Though not a new sound, the retro-future vibe of Club Bogaloo will certainly be remembered fondly by those who were there. This CD is a way to experience the moment and is certainly cheaper than a ticket to Bavaria.
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AllMusic Review by Joshua Glazer