Various Artists

Mash Up Mix 90s

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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier

The annual series of Mash Up Mix albums by the Cut Up Boys on the Ministry of Sound label were so successful, the mash-up duo took the time to do an additional double-disc volume dedicated exclusively to U.K. dance hits from the '90s. In theory, this could be a great album by the Cut Up Boys, who generally include a bit of '90s material on each of their Mash Up Mix releases. As it turns out, however, Mash Up Mix 90s is a major disappointment that seems as though it were thrown together with little care or effort. Far too many times, the a cappellas don't go together well with the accompanying instrumental tracks, and worst of all, there are a bunch of dreadful re-recordings in the place of original versions. The second disc is especially terrible in this regard. Evidently, many tracks were unavailable to the Cut Up Boys, but rather than cast them aside and find different tracks for use, the duo stubbornly took to the studio and re-recorded the material with session musicians. Besides the abundance of cover material, the track selection is often in bad taste. The '90s were a fantastic decade for music, electronic dance music in particular, but for whatever reason (for marketing reasons, one presumes), Mash Up Mix 90s is oriented toward overtly commercial dance hits by the likes of 2 Unlimited, Haddaway, Snap!, and Eiffel 65. While there's plenty to complain about on Mash Up Mix 90s, a big reason this is such a disappointing release by the Cut Up Boys is because their annual series of Mash Up Mix albums is generally first-rate. Hopefully this particular release was a tossed-off effort by the duo rather than a harbinger of their future output.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Axford / Ultra DJs / Bizarre Inc. / K.W.S. / Frankie Knuckles / Solar Stone / Whigfield 05:54 Amazon
2 Sandy B / The Farm 03:05 Amazon
3 Ann Lee / Alex Party / Fatboy Slim 02:34 Amazon
4 Sandy B / Loveland / Sybil 05:09 Amazon
5 Afrika Bambaataa / Kristine Blond / Urban Cookie Collective / De'Lacy / Pizzaman 06:29 Amazon
6 Capella / Cappella / Corona / Soulsearch 06:23 Amazon
7 2 Bad Mice / Reanimator 03:28 Amazon
8 Happy Clappers / Robin S. 02:28 Amazon
9 Moloko / Robin S. / Joe Smooth 05:34 Amazon
10 Loveland / Aqua Sky 03:35 Amazon
11 The Bucketheads / Mr. Fingers / Moloko / Snap! 05:57 Amazon
12 Ken Doh / Kings of Tomorrow 04:42 Amazon
13 ATB / Sybil 02:43 Amazon
14 B.U.Z.Z. / DSK / Krush / 2 Unlimited 05:26 Amazon
15 Rozalla / Fatboy Slim / Snap! 04:14 Amazon
16 Kadoc / Todd Terry / Underworld 06:08 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Sash! / T-Empo 03:13 Amazon
2 Eiffel 65 / Haddaway 04:36 Amazon
3 The Outhere Brothers / Ruff Loaderz 02:43 Amazon
4 D'Menace / Revelation 03:45 Amazon
5 Blockster / 2 in a Room / 2 Unlimited 02:43 Amazon
6 Jobabe / The Shamen 03:35 Amazon
7 Gat Decor / ReUnited 04:49 Amazon
8 Nerio's Dubwork / Jobabe / Darryl Pandy / ReUnited 04:43 Amazon
9 Old School Junkies 2 / Double 99 / Rebel Bassline / Warp Brothers / DJ Jeroenski 04:57 Amazon
10 Big Time Charlie / Joshkovsky 03:24 Amazon
11 One Phat Deeva / Powerhouse 04:27 Amazon
12 Love Assassins / Baby Bumps / Staxx 05:05 Amazon
13 Bart B More / Sash! / Snap! / Oliver Twizt 02:58 Amazon
14 Les Rythmes Digitales / Tzant 03:06 Amazon
15 Praxis / Sash! / Jam & Spoon 05:09 Amazon
16 Arrola / Clock 05:25 Amazon
17 Brainbug / Pamela Fernandez 03:44 Amazon
18 Mr. Rumble / Storm 03:30 Amazon
19 Babybird / Liquid Child 04:34 Amazon
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