Dylan Rhymes

Whole 9 Yards, Vol. 1: Mixed by Dylan Rhymes

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Claiming to cross boundaries, England's Whole 9 Yards record label specializes in tracks that combine England's hottest sounds; progressive, tech-house, and nu-breaks into a dancefloor hodgepodge that is distinctly millennial. While W9Y has definitely hit on a formula that isn't as restrictive as any of the aforementioned genres, this music certainly lacks substantial staying power beyond this season's fashion. The regrettable fact is, W9Y music is just too busy trying to be everything to everybody that it never really finds it's own niche. This disc is rockin', and those new to dance music will definitely find its hard'n'funky beats and breaks appealing. But the tech-trance garnishing go way over the top, and anyone who pursues dance music beyond a cursory glance will soon begin to recognize this music as contrived.

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