V/A â€“ Distortion on the Dance Floor / 2007 Universal / 13 Tracks / http://www.toucancove.com /
Josh Harris is the individual that mixed up this compilation, which features tracks by The Killers, Chicane, Tom Jones, John Digweed, Saving Jane, and a few other acts. I was not familiar with Josh Harris up to this point, but individuals that religiously read the Billboard dance charts may remember eir. This is because a remix that ey did, of Georgie Porgieâ€™s â€œSunshineâ€ occupied the top spot in 2005. Along the way, Harris has remixed the Backstreet Boys, Brandy, Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff, Korn, Lil Kim, and Ne-Yo.
I ran into a problem reviewing this mix because I was not familiar with many of the tracks on the disc; in fact, the two tracks that I can honestly say I heard before putting this CD on were the Chicane (Feat. Tom Jones) track â€œStoned In Loveâ€ and The Killersâ€™ â€œSomebody Told Meâ€. However, the tracks on â€œDistortion on the Dance Floorâ€ do start to tell a good story, as well as provide listeners with almost seventy-five minutes of a solid mix to go off onto the dance floor. For those individuals that are not that familiar with dance music, this CD provides a definitive listing of the tracks that are nice and hip in the scene, as well as some of the tracks that are a year or so old and still have a lot of energy to them. The club mix of The Killersâ€™ â€œSomebody Told Meâ€ does not mess with any of the catchy hooks that The Killers inserted to their track, while adding a solid two minutes of material that works well with the original music. Individuals that have heard â€œStoned In Loveâ€ will likely be familiar with Harrisâ€™ version of â€œStoned in Loveâ€, as it was the mix that went to radio stations.
There are a few stand out tracks on â€œDistortion on the Dance Floorâ€ beyond those two cuts, as Gabriel & Dresden (Feat. Jan Burton)â€™s track â€œEnemyâ€ is a solid track, a perfect introduction to this mix. However, the strongest track on â€œDistortion on the Dance Floorâ€ may just be Saving Janeâ€™s â€œGirl Next Doorâ€. During this track, there is a set of vocals that are similar to those provided by a Kelly Clarkson, while the synthesizers act as a fog at the bottom of the track, obscuring any weaknesses and providing an atmosphere to the track. Overall, a fun mix that blends dance and rock in equal amounts.
Top Tracks: Chicane Feat. Tom Jones / Stoned In Love, Taxi Doll / Waiting