Misstress Barbara

Trust the DJ: MB02

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Without any fuss or pretense, the second Misstress Barbara mix collection for the TrusttheDJ.com label begins with the straight-up, relentless beats that are largely her calling card. While perhaps not as hard as some of her previous roundups, the material here is by no means less percussive. Using a combination of semi-obscure (Fresh People) and emerging producers (Australian DJ/producer Alpharisic), Barbara keeps the rhythmic tension aloft for most of this outing. Her own remix of Yaz, Miko & Preach's "Yul Fuka" is a key example as well as a perfect lead into the ultra-intense workout that is Danilo Vigotorio's "Pression." Tracks by more well-known artists such as Carl Cox are also included here, with Luke Slater's "Stars and Heroes" (as re-created by Swedish producer Adam Beyer and Henrik B) being a standout moment. While her own "Prendimi" captures some old-school, celebratory house vibes, "MB02" is more suited for peak-of-the-evening moments when melodies fall second to pounding tracks designed to keep the dancefloor in motion. But while many similar albums go flat as they come to a close through sheer repetition, Misstress Barbara smartly capped this outing with her vaguely progressive and more reserved "Never Could Have Your Heart," which is a far more engaging way to bring the set to an end.

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