Various Artists

Euro Dance Mix, Vol. 8

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While tracks like Full House' "Scratchin'" or Absolom's 2001 hit "Stars" feature more of a trance influence in their addled keyboard sound, Euro Dance is almost strictly about the Hi-NRG and Euro-dance grooves. It's dominated by female voices singing simple hooks quite meaningfully over triumphant synthesizers; in the background, electronic percussion rattles and crescendos, periodically dropping into the four-on-the-floor rhythm common in laserbeam dance clubs the world over. Highlights include La Luna's "Here I Am," Neo Cortex's "Elements," Mondano's perfectly mindless "Feelin' Good" -- which switches things up with a male lead vocal -- and Scoopex's "Forever," which deserves mention for its use of chimes and a tinny, eardrum-splitting keyboard tone. Dig the Euros represented graphically in the corners.

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