Various Artists

Old School House Party

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Referring to Rick Astley as "old school" in any form is a stretch, isn't it? That's one indicator that Old School House Party isn't one of Thump's better releases. Still, it's not a bad compilation of house and dance-pop dating from the late '80s and early '90s, as it balances the endlessly recycled (see Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart" and Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up") with the relatively forgotten (Musto & Bones' "Dangerous on the Dance Floor"). Though Thump is guilty of recycling many songs through a number of slight thematic variants, this disc avoids going to the same well, with tracks from N'Joi ("Anthem," "Malfunction"), Shawn Christopher ("Another Sleepless Night"), Black Box ("Ride on Time"), Xpansions ("Elevation"), and Jinny ("Keep Warm").

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