John Acquaviva

Jet to Brazil

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Released as a promotional-only CD by Canada's highly successful Gold Club Series, this mix CD delivers exactly what it implies, the Ibiza party experience filtered through the glasses of John Acquaviva. So despite the horrid gold bikini motif on the packaging of Jet to Brazil, this is better than a million other compilations sharing Ibiza in the name. But with the first three tracks being titled "Iberican Sound," "Chic-O-laa," and "Spanish Fly," it is pretty obvious that this mix has some serious equatorial flavor. The mix barrels forward for its entire length, subtly switching over from house to techno midway through with the Euro-dance electro-tech of Snapmode's "Assimilation," but the Spanish conga theme never really subsides even with Scottish techno mainstays Slam producing some tropical flavor on "I Karamba." There isn't any real cheese, a staple on the Iberican menu, and there isn't a vocal track or mega-hit to be found, save the closing "Blackwater" which is both, but at least the Octave One breakout track is cut into fine slices by remixers Alter Ego. This mix is definitely Acquaviva 2002. It barely holds a candle to his classic Transmissions, Vol. 1 or Skills mix CDs, but it still maintains a level of integrity above his DJ peer group, operating on the same level of success.

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