Category: House Music

Armand van Helden – Killing Puritans (2000)

Armand van Helden - Killing Puritans (2000)

Armand van Helden – Killing Puritans (2000)

Artist: Armand van Helden
Genre/Style: House
Release Year: 2000
Info: Armand van Helden – Killing Puritans
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:13:00
Tracks: 11 (eleven)
Label: Armed Records
Product Number: 8573 83319 2
More Information: Armand van Helden – Facebook Fanpage

This is a retro review, seeing as this album is 15 years old. It’s not new, but still fresh. It was a ground breaking album when it was released back in 2000, not only because the music was extraordinary, but the cover was a much talked about cover. A child with a huge gun in his hand, shocking to look at. Thank God the year 2000 is way behind us, and we can talk about one of the best albums from that year, an album that took the dance world by storm… I’m talking ofcourse about Armand van Helden’s ‘Killing Puritans’.

Armand van Helden doesn’t need an introduction, this man is a living legend. He became a world wide phenomena back in 1996 when he released ‘The Funk Phenomena’, but that wasn’t his biggest hit to this day. He has made a lot of records, remixes, but it was the record he made with Duane Harden ‘You Don’t Know Me’ which took the world by storm. A great dancefloor smasher, and still a much loved track, sung by millions of people all over the world. Back in 2000 he released ‘Killing Puritans’ which, as I said before, was a much talked about album. In the United Kingdom the album had to be released with a specially made cover to conceal the picture of the child soldier. To many this was distasteful, but sadly the world we live in. In 2004 and 2007 he released two other albums, called ‘Nympho’ and ‘Ghettoblaster’ and had succes with one of my favourite anthems of all time, ‘My My My’. But for now, let’s focus on the album that I found underneath a huge pile of dust.

Another feature on this album was a weird and cryptic back cover. Everything on the back was written in cryptic letters, and you had to decipher it using the alphabet underneath the tracklist. I think it took me several hours to find out what the actual tracklist was back in 2000, but in 2015 it’s made much easier because we’ve got the world wide web.

The reason I purchased this album was because of a certain track called ‘Koochy’, which was played on a Dutch music channel alot. I fell in love with the scratching bit, and also I bought it because I thought it had a few other tracks on it I liked a lot, like ‘Witch Doctor’, ‘The Funk Phenomena’, but sadly they weren’t on it. How would I know, if it took me hours to decipher the tracklist? In a record store you don’t have the time to find it out, so I bought it because it had his name on it…

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01. Armand van Helden – Killing Puritans
02. Armand van Helden – Little Black Spiders
03. Armand van Helden – Breakdancers Call
04. Armand van Helden – House Boxing
05. Armand van Helden – Full Moon
06. Armand van Helden – Koochy
07. Armand van Helden – Watch Your Back
08. Armand van Helden – Hybridz
09. Armand van Helden – Flyaway Love
10. Armand van Helden – Swampthang
11. Armand van Helden – Concience

Now this is a good looking tracklist. No nonsense, the tracks speak for themselves. And the message is clear, very clear. Armand made it very clear to us what he had planned for us: to move to the dancefloor and rave the night away.

The tracks were unusual, even for 2000. This album was ground breaking, and not many people knew it. If you want to hear an album by a very inspiring artist who single handedly changed music, you should get this album a.s.a.p. This man took the music and gave it a twist, a very good twist. From rap/hip hop influenced tracks to tracks influenced by the repetitive sound of Acid House, this album had everything. Some tracks are breathtaking, and some are just slammers, no time to think, no time to mess around, time to get to the dancefloor.

The 1st and 4th track aren’t dancefloor smashers. What are? ‘Full Moon’ and ofcourse ‘Koochy’. This man knew how to create monster anthems, and these two are the best of this album. But let’s not forget ‘Little Black Spiders’, ‘Flyaway Love’ and ‘Concience’. Great and powerful House anthems.

I love the album, and if you don’t believe me, I can’t even play the full album anymore because the scratches make it impossible. I’ve played 9 tracks to the max, two aren’t my cup of tea. ‘Hybridz’ is too long and to repetitive and ‘Swampthang’ too. These two tracks didn’t make me move at all. But the other 9 did, which is good. If only I could play these tracks now…

The album was amazing, and showed me Armand van Helden’s other side we didn’t see before. After this album this man has changed the music industry time and time again, so if you want to hear an album which is one of my favourite albums of all time, you should get this one. Powerful and as we speak underrated tracks. Sadly most people want to hear ‘My My My’ and ‘Bonkers’, but this legendary artist made more tracks, more powerful anthems.

Armand van Helden… a hero. ‘Killing Puritans’ is his best album by far.

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Ministry Of Sound – Decade 2000-2009 (2013)

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Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: House, Electro House, Euro House
Release Year: 2013
Info: Ministry Of Sound – Decade 2000-2009
CDs: 3 (three)
Length CDs: +/- 3 hours
Tracks: 60 (sixty)
Label: Ministry Of Sound
Product Number: MOSCD350
Buy/Download: BUY FROM HERE
More Information: Ministry Of Sound – Official Website

A couple of weeks ago I bought this album in a well known supermarket, where it was half priced. I would have bought this when it was released, but seeing as I haven’t been in a lot of record stores in the UK over the last couple of years, and the fact that many are closed or closing down, it’s really a shame. Yes, I could have bought it online, but I simply haven’t, seeing as I’m not a fan of digital stuff, I’m a physical copy fanatic. So when I saw this laying there on its own, I had to buy it, and I did. An album, focussed on 9 years of excellent music? Who doesn’t want that?

Ministry of Sound is well known for their great albums/compilations, and over the years I have collected many of them. For me it started back in 2003, after I purchased ‘Dave Pearce Dance Anthems Summer 2003′. A friend of mine already bought a copy, and after he played it to me, I had to buy it. It’s still one amazing album, probably the best MOS have ever released, but it has been damaged after many years of abuse (a.k.a. playing it too often). That was my introduction to the wonderful world we call MOS. Many years later I was given the opportunity to celebrate my birthday in the actual club in London, and it was amazing! The music was loud, the DJs were good, and I had one amazing evening/night. You know that you had a wicked night out when you walk out the club all sweaty and hearing a constant ‘beep’. That’s when you know you raved the night away. Ministry of Sound has been a well established name for me since 2003, so when I purchased this album, it brought a smile on my face, because after looking at the tracklist quickly, I noticed that it was jam packed with those classic anthems we all danced to.

The tracklist is amazing. So many anthems, it’s unbelievable that the 00s created so many anthems! Some were played too often, and got killed by the media (like ‘Satisfaction’, ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’, ‘Lady’ and more), but if you not listen to them for a while, you will miss them. After not hearing these tunes for years, the first time I heard them again, I felt like a teenager approaching his twenties. Time does fly by, and my generation has listened to memorable tunes, and they will never be taken away from us.  This was an amazing decade for us all, and this compilation looked extremely good. But is it any good?

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CD ONE: 
01. Eric Prydz – Call On Me
02. The Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
03. Modjo – Lady (Hear Me Tonight)
04. M&S presents… The Girl Next Door – Salsoul Nugget
05. Shakedown – At Night
06. Room 5 feat Oliver Cheatham – Make Luv
07. Michael Gray – The Weekend
08. Booty Luv – Boogie 2nite (Seamus Haji Big Love Remix) 
09. Boogie Pimps – Somebody To Love
10. Beatfreakz – Somebody’s Watching Me (Hi_Tack Radio Edit) 
11. Steve Angello & Laidback Luke feat Robin S. – Show Me Love
12. Tim DeLuxe feat Sam Obernik – It Just Won’t Do
13. Axwell – Feel The Vibe (‘Til The Morning Comes)
14. Uniting Nations – Out Of Touch
15. Bob Sinclar feat Steve Edwards – World, Hold On (Children Of The Sky)
16. Soul Central feat Kathy Brown – Strings Of Life (Stronger On My Own)
17. Stonebridge feat Therese – Put ‘Em High (JJ’s Radio Edit)
18. Freemasons feat Amanda Wilson – Love On My Mind
19. Joey Negro – Make A Move On Me
20. Solu Music feat Kimblee – Fade (Grant Nelson Big Room Remix) 

CD TWO:  
01. David Guetta vs The Egg – Love Don’t Let Me Go (Walking Away)
02. Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit
03. Bodyrox feat Luciana – Yeah Yeah (D. Ramirez Radio Edit) 
04. Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80s
05. Benny Benassi presents The Biz – Satisfaction
06. Eric Prydz – Pjanoo
07. Armand van Helden feat Tara McDonald – My My My
08. Tom Novy feat Michael Marshall – Your Body
09. Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand – Let Me Think About It
10. Freaks – The Creeps (Get On The Dancefloor)
11. Mason vs Princess Superstar – Perfect (Exceeder)
12. Studio B – I See Girls (Crazy) (Tom Neville Radio Edit) 
13. Dave Spoon – At Night
14. Axwell feat Max’C – I Found U (Remode)
15. Justice vs Simian – We Are Your Friends
16. Mylo – In My Arms
17. Supermode – Tell Me Why
18. Cabin Crew – Star To Fall
19. Sharam – PATT (Party All The Time)
20. Sanim – Heater

CD THREE:  
01. Dizzee Rascal feat Armand van Helden – Bonkers
02. Kid Cudi vs Crookers – Day ‘N’ Nite
03. Sidney Samson feat Wizard Sleeve – Riverside (Lets Go!)
04. Guru Josh Project – Infinity 2008 (Klaas Vocal Edit) 
05. Chuckie & LMFAO – Let The Bass Kick In Miami Girl
06. Skepta – Rolex Sweep (Vandalism Remix) 
07. Alex Gauding feat Crystal Waters – Destination Calabria
08. Infernal – From Paris To Berlin
09. September – Cry For You
10. Tomcraft – Loneliness
11. Utah Saints – Something Good ’08
12. Rui Da Silva feat Cassandra – Touch Me
13. Cascada – Miracle
14. DJ Sammy & Yanou feat Do – Heaven
15. DHT feat Edmée – Listen To Your Heart
16. Sash! feat Stunt – Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)
17. Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400
18. Basshunter feat DJ Mental Theo’s Bazzheadz – Now You’re Gone
19. Lasgo – Something
20. Darude – Sandstorm

The tracklist does look gorgeous, doesn’t it? It brings a smile on your face, and if you are looking at this whilst sitting behind your computer, I reckon you are already on Youtube, looking at all those videos, the ones that didn’t make any sense whatsoever, but the amount of sideboob and good looking ladies made them worth watching.

This CD starts with probably the greatest track ever written, and Eric Prydz’s biggest track ‘Call On Me’. Still to this day a monster anthem, and there’s no other track on this CD that can come close to the effect this one had on us all. Especially the video, after watching it, many men signed up for fitness lessons, and yet they never saw anything as gorgeous as what they saw in the video. It was a life changing video, and the tune still makes many people dance, and shout out the lyrics. My all time favourite track, without a doubt.

The rest of the album goes at a steady flow, many amazing and memorable tunes. Some a bit too cheesy, but still entertaining enough. This will take you back to the 00s, when these tunes dominated the charts for weeks in a row, and every radio station played them at least once every hour. Powerful tunes, and without lying they still have an impact on us all. There’s not one single track you can’t sing along to, or know how it goes.

Not every track has been a success for me. Sadly they are all on CD Three. ‘Let The Bass Kick In Miami Girl’, ‘Riverside’, ‘From Paris To Berlin’, ‘Cry For You’, ‘Listen To Your Heart’ and ‘Raindrops’ are the tunes that made me want to throw away this disc: they were annoying when they were released, and still are (to me). But there were still a few anthems in there, and that’s the main reason why I kept this disc. ‘Touch Me’ is the ultimate track on this disc, such an underrated classic. On disc 2 it’s ‘At Night’ that makes me move the hardest.

A good album, it has to be said. Loving the vibes, loving the ride back to the years when I danced  the night away. These tunes made the difference, some extremely cheesy, but even in 2015 they make you move a lot. Thinking back this decade has changed the music industry completely, and this album showcases that the music changed, and that we should not underestimate this decade, seeing as it has given us so many memorable tunes.

Anyone got a time machine? I want to go back. Back to the clubs, and hear these tunes again.

Here’s a mashup mix you might like to see/hear. Mixed by Robin Skouteris, which you can also find on Soundcloud…

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Acid House Anthems (2013)

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Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Acid House, House
Release Year: 2013
Info: The Story Of Acid House On 3CDs
CDs: 3 (three)
Tracks: 50 (fifty)
Length CDs: +/+ 3 Hours
Label: Sony Music TV Comp
Product Number: B00AWK53CI
Buy/Download: Download Here
More Information: Sony Music – Facebook Fanpage

Many moons ago I bought this album, and I always thought that I wouldn’t review it, because it’s has been a huge disappointment, but why not? Honesty is important, so let’s review this album, which was wrongly named ‘Acid House Anthems’. You’ll understand why this is wrongly named, when you see the tracklist.

This album was released in 2013 to celebrate Acid House’s 25th anniversary. As we all know, the sound emerged out of nowhere towards the end of the 80s, and changed the whole music industry for years to come. It was a revolution for many, and raves were organised throughout the UK and the rest of the world, and Acid House became a phase in many teenagers youth, embracing their inner being, and showcasing it to the world via acidic dancing. Back in the good ol’ days, the world was ready for something new and refreshing, and Acid House was exactly what we needed. It became a benchmark of experimental sounds: many styles and genres emerged out of nowhere, after producers experimented with changed the original layout of music, and gave it a twist. Acid House was one of the first, and it’s still populair all over the world. So I was a very happy bunny when I saw this disc. I grew up, maybe a bit too young at the time, but I knew immediately that this was something that could change my life, and it has.

This repetitive sound is addictive. When the first tunes hit the dancefloors all over the world, it was all about repeating a certain pattern for minutes in a row, a twist here and there, and if the beats, basses and melodies were spot on, the crowd would react to it in a style we all know: they started raving. It evolved, became more melodic, and eventually the sound gave birth to a new generation, which took us all by surprise: House music. House music dominated during the 90s, after Acid House gave birth to it. You could still hear it’s influence, but after a couple of years, Acid House dissappeared completely. House was born, Acid House was forgotten. Thankfully, we are still reminded to the good ol’ days, with compilations such as this one.

But, don’t name something ‘Acid House’ when it’s clearly NOT Acid House. 90% of the tracks on this album aren’t. You can find a huge range of House music anthems on it, and also Balearic Beats. But why name an album ‘Acid House’, when it’s not just Acid House? Dissappointing.

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CD1 Anthems  

01. Frankie Knuckles feat Jamie Principle – Your Love
02. Steve ‘Silk ‘ Hurley – Jack Your Body
03. Coldcut feat Lisa Stansfield – People Hold On
04. Inner City – Big Fun
05. Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives
06. N-Joi – Anthem
07. Xpansions – Move Your Body
08. Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jesse Saunders feat Darryl Pandy – Love Can’t Turn Around
09. Ten City – That’s The Way Love Is
10. Raze – Break 4 Love
11. A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray
12. The Nightwriters – Let The Music Use You
13. Kariya feat Todd Terry – Let Me Love You For Tonight
14. Bomb The Bass – Beat Dis
15. Sterling Void – Runaway Girl
16. Guru Josh – Infinity
17. Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You

CD2 In The Beginning  

01. Rhythim Is Rhythim – Strings Of Life
02. Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)
03. Ce Ce Rogers – Someday
04. Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie – Tears
05. Mr Fingers – Can You Feel It?
06. Phuture – Acid Trax
07. Mr Fingers – Washing Machine
08. Fast Eddie – Acid Thunder
09. Maurice – This Is Acid
10. Baby Ford – Oochy Koochy (F.U Baby Yeh Yeh)
11. Pierre’s Pfantasty Club – Dream Girl
12. Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason & Fast Eddie Smith – Can U Dance
13. Royal House – Can You Party?
14. House Master Boyz & The Rude Boy Of House – House Nation
15. Armando – Land Of Confusion
16. Jolly Roger – Acid Man

CD3 Balearic Beats 

01. 808 State – Pacific (707)
02. Orbital – Chime
03. Primal Scream – Loaded
04. Happy Mondays – W.F.L. (Paul Oakenfold Mix)
05. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
06. Bass-O-Matic – Fascinating Rhythm
07. James – Come Home (Andrew Weatherall Mix) 
08. T-Coy – Carino
09. A Man Called Adam – Barefoot In The Head
10. Joe Smooth – Promised Land
11. The Beloved – The Sun Rising
12. Electribe 101 – Talking With Myself
13. The Blow Monkeys – La Passionara
14. Sheer Taft – Cascades
15. Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together
16. Chris Rea – Josephine (Le Version Française) 

The first two discs are good, they have got a lot of good tunes on it. The third disc is just a disgrace, such a bad CD. Maybe it’s because I’m not a fan of Balearic Beats. Joe Smooth and 808 State’s tracks are the only two good ones on it. Chris Rea on an ‘Acid House Album’? For real? Are you joking me?

There are a few classics on this compilation, such as ‘Land Of Confusion’, ‘Acid Trax’, ‘We Call It Acieed’, ‘Washing Machine’.. and a few others. But the main music style is House, and this compilation isn’t really focussed on Acid House. I could name a 1000 tunes that could have appeared on this album, 1000 Acid House anthems, and not anything else. Acid House on the cover? Have Acid House on it then. Simple.

Quite dissappointing. I don’t know who compiled this, but he/she has done a very bad job. And the mixing? Don’t get me started. Terrible.

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