CD Selected Label Works. No. 1 (673795703526) (CD 4657309), Audio Other
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Selected Label Works. No. 1 (673795703526)

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Iridium - Lullabies in the Dark
    2. Balearic Incarnation [Todd Terje's Extra Doll Mix] - Dolle Jolle
    3. I'll Be By Your Side [Tensnake Mix] - Sally Shapiro
    4. Code 7429 - Lullabies in the Dark
    5. Song For Marie and Elise [Aeroplane Remix] - Lullabies in the Dark
    6. Goblin City [Holy Ghost! Extended Disco Dub] - Panthers
    7. Communquis - Bostro Pesopeo
    8. Reprise - Bostro Pesopeo
    9. Jackie Junior [Junior Boys Dub] - Sally Shapiro
    10. Don't Turn It Off [Brennan Green Mix] - Qzen/40 Thieves
    11. Return of Starlight [Invisible Conga People Remix] - Woolfy/Projections
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Balearic Incarnation - Dolle Jolle
    2. Don't Turn It Off - Qzen/40 Thieves
    3. Axis Shift - Lexx
    4. Spectacle Wins [Holy Ghost! Remix] - Only Fools and Horses
    5. Prostitute Pink - Steve Yanko
    6. Tic Toc - Permanent Vacation/Kathy Diamond
    7. Falls [Hercules & Love Affair Remix] - Bostro Pesopeo
    8. Someone Told Me - Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt
    9. Iridium [Superpitcher Remix] - Lullabies in the Dark
    10. Absynth [Markus Worgull Remix] - Woolfy/Projections
    11. Cambio - Corduba
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0352

  • Credits

    This lavishly abundant selection -- two and a half hours over two discs -- of prime modern disco and lush Balearic house represents the cream of the first few years of output from the Munich-based Permanent Vacation label. The focus is entirely on the imprint's original offerings rather than its laudable reissue efforts. Of the 22 tracks here, half of them remixes (three are also included in their original form), the vast majority are culled from the label's 2008 12" releases, and most are appearing for the first time on CD. Simply put, this is a treasure trove, not only for DJs and collectors (who should be glad to note that the compilation is unmixed) but for listeners of any stripe whose tastes run to fluid, funky, slightly spacy disco-doused grooves. The whole affair is remarkably consistent in terms of both quality -- singling out favorites is a daunting proposition -- and sound: plenty of languid acoustic strums, free-floating synths, buzzy melodics, and the occasional bit of low-grade prog-lead pyrotechnics, with an assortment of tasty vocal turns, always tethered to cozy midtempo 4/4 cadences ranging roughly from torrid to torpid, strutting to sultry. A star-studded list of contempo-disco remixers (among them Aeroplane, Todd Terje, Holy Ghost!, Superpitcher, and Hercules & Love Affair) work their distinctive brands of magic to typically lovely effect without deviating terribly far from the prevailing vibe, while the original tracks offer plenty of their own delights, from the quirky-jerky Italo-squelch of Bostro Pesopeo's "Communquis" to the slow-building, woozily anthemic filter-disco of Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt's "Someone Told Me" to the wispy acoustic noodling and dubby phasing of Dolle Jolle's "Balearic Incarnation" (made only all the more lavish in Terje's electro-kinetic Extra Doll Mix) to the classic congas'n'piano vocal house of "Tic Toc," an exclusive cut laid down by label heads Tom Bioly and Benjy Frlich with assistance from the ever-winsome Kathy Diamond. You could fault Permanent Vacation for their lack of range, or perhaps for their excessive generosity, but taken on its terms this is one solidly classy offering, right down to the intriguing, thoughtful package design, and nigh-on impeccable. ~ K. Ross Hoffman

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