John Acquaviva

CreamCD

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While extremely prolific in the DJ mix stakes, John Acquaviva has always had the tendency to tie his releases to a theme, be it label showcase or at least a club/party tie-in. The CreamCD mix was produced in conjunction with Montreal's Cream Festival, and in fact, the set has often been mislabeled as a "live" performance on various P2P services. It is an easy mistake to understand. The mix stands out as the closest Acquaviva has come to nailing the vibe of his thousands of club appearances onto one disc. Though known as the "house" side of the Plus 8/Definative label axis, Acquaviva has never been precisely a house DJ. Instead, his choice selection of cuts finely mix the hype of house with the future funk of techno, while his mixing drives the point home. Acquaviva is not afraid to combine the swirling organ of his own "Savannah" with the sturdy techno pump of partner Richie Hawtin's "Orange." Regardless of style, the pulse of this disc remains high with Acquaviva deftly combining disparate tracks that come together via his masterful timing and a mutual energy level shared by all. The high-potency funk rises to a boil with Stacey Pullen's "Sweat" before releasing with the robo-electro synths of Basco's "Music With a Feel." It's all classic Acquaviva, playing the best party records without regard for rules and regulations. Anyone looking to recall how Acquaviva moved them that one hazy night should start with this disc as a way to remember.

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