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Topic: 2006 reviews
Year of release: 2006
Single genre-focused mix CDs have to be really stellar in order to be memorable. Thank goodness for the few DJs out there that aren't scared to mix it up. Paolo Mojo is a name to watch out for, as the ninth installment of Balance proves. This double-disc set is brimming with dance floor classics and future favorites. The first disc sets the mood with deep house which slowly morphs into acid and electro. Halfway through, we're treated to the disaffected vocals of Valeska on Trick and Kubik's "Easy." Things are kept upbeat and moving along the way with joints from Timewriter, Underground Resistance, Harold Heath, and Pepe Bradock, whose "Deep Burnt" makes for a perfect closer to disc one. But something peculiar happens on disc two: we find out that a great spinner does not always a great producer make. Paolo loses his Mojo when it comes to his own work. "Ruckus" and "Everybody" sound painfully typical in their prog-drenched stomps. Somewhere around a remix of Inner City's "Say Something," things get good again and remain that way until the end of the disc. Sebastien Tellier's "La Ritournelle" makes for a dynamic conclusion to a mix set that takes you around the world and back again.
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