Essential Spring Break

DJ Skribble

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Essential Spring Break Review

by Jason Birchmeier

Essential Spring Break isn't quite as overtly commercial as DJ Skribble's preceding Essential Dance 2000 mix. Where the MTV-sponsored DJ sought to incorporate as many dance "hits" as possible on that mix -- "Kernkraft 400," "9PM (Till I Come)," "Sexual (Li Da Di)," "Sun Is Shining," and so on -- he instead tries to incorporate a selection of tracks on Essential Spring Break that may not necessarily be well-known stateside but at least allow him to work toward a consistent mood. Of course, this may limit the album's crossover possibilities, but it's a welcome change for anyone who appreciates a well-crafted DJ mix. By concentrating on tracks that segue well into one another, Skribble ends up piecing together a respectable mix album that moves from the sort of lighthearted garage/house tracks popular in the U.K. circa 2001 ("Salsoul Nugget (If U Wanna)," for example) to more trance-rooted tracks during the latter half of his 17-track mix ("Sandstorm"). Despite this album's promising start, the mass-appealing tendencies of Skribble again detract from his ability to offer a well-mixed album; the last few tracks may be anthems -- particularly the ubiquitous DJ Tiesto remix of Delirium's "Silence" -- but they can't help feeling undeniably superfluous. Granted, seasoned electronic dance music listeners probably won't even give this album a chance given its commercial tendencies. Still, those who consider themselves fans of the Ministry of Sound or Gatecrasher mix albums will find this mix remarkably similar in approach and almost on par, and those who consider themselves no more than casual fans of dance music may find this album more accessible than most DJ mix albums.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 DJ Skribble feat: Afro Medusa 06:16 Amazon
2 DJ Skribble feat: The Girl Next Door 03:04 Amazon
3 DJ Skribble feat: Spiller 03:43 Amazon
4 DJ Skribble feat: Jakatta 03:12 Amazon
5 DJ Skribble feat: Static Revenger 04:46 Amazon
6 DJ Skribble feat: Hatiras 03:23 Amazon
7 DJ Skribble feat: Jark Prongo 02:45 Amazon
8 DJ Skribble feat: Chocolate Puma 06:29 Amazon
9 DJ Skribble feat: Tamia 06:14 Amazon
10 DJ Skribble feat: DHS 03:05 Amazon
11 DJ Skribble feat: Arome 05:39 Amazon
12 DJ Skribble feat: Warp Brothers 03:59 Amazon
13 DJ Skribble feat: Bliss Inc 04:40 Amazon
14 DJ Skribble feat: Darude 03:59 Amazon
15 DJ Skribble feat: Safri Duo 06:13 Amazon
16 DJ Skribble feat: Svenson & Gielen 05:10 Amazon
17 DJ Skribble feat: Delerium 05:42 Amazon
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