The folks over at Nervous Records have really outdone
themselves with their new continuous mix CD, "A Night
At The Tunnel." This high-powered compilation starts
out by welcoming listeners to the Tunnel, then jumps right
into Kim Englishs latest #1 Billboard hit, "Missing
You." Weve missed her too since DJs finally laid
to rest the inescapable "Unspeakable Joy" just a
short while ago (thank God!). Joi Cardwell steps up next to
share with us her strong desire to go higher on the Millennium
remix of that bouncy classic "Jump for Joi" (also
currently gracing Billboards Top 20 Dance Chart). This
is just one of many songs from yesteryear that have found
new life in clubland courtesy of modernized remix treatments.
Scattered vocals and heavy, pulsating rhythms are abundant
in the next two songs, "Get On Down" by L.E.D. and
"In Front (Wan It)" by NY Connection. The former
contains some strong language and may not be suitable for
younger listeners, while the latter builds up gradually, eventually
exploding in an orgy of Victor Calderones signature
hard tribal beats and percussive sounds. It also mixes smoothly
into Rob Base & DJ EZ Rocks "Ready 2 Party"
(remember them from the 80s?). Again, we get more scattered
male vocals and a bit too much repetition on the Hip House/House
remix by DJ Skribble and Anthony Acid. This filler song does,
however, offer a variety of interesting tempo changes throughout,
and certainly works well enough as a transition piece. A more
sophisticated and groove-oriented song, Robbie Riveras
"The One," follows, which also provides a stunning
opening for Charlottes "Someday," her spectacular
follow-up to "Skin." Anthony Acid lends a hand in
remixing this optimistic and, relatively speaking, fluffy
record. Beware its pure pop, and its catchy
as hell. Hannah Jones then adds to the "divas with issues"
theme of this CD by exploring the awkwardness of a one-night
stand on the Razor-N-Guido mix of "Was That All It Was."
The next song took me by surprise, and even seemed poorly
mixed at first. After a few listens, however, I now appreciate
the thunderous, almost out-of-place vocals which Junior Vasquez
deliberately accentuates on Soul Seekers featuring Deepa Souls
"Nowhere Love." Shes fed up, shes tired
of being alone, and shes not afraid to tell us about
it. Junior then builds on the already brisk beats with his
dramatic Marathon remix of the Twilo anthem, "Sssst...Listen"
by Jonah. Dawn Tallmans up next with her gospel-influenced
and extremely peppy number, "Wake Up." Hex Hector
turns up the energy and encourages us all to repent for our
sins on his infectious Hard Church Vocal mix. Youll
no doubt find yourself singing along to this captivating tune.
Alas, the Tunnel is closing, and for those of us still on
the dance floor (okay, the living room floor), its time
to say goodbye. And what better way to do so than with the
tranquil and transcendent Ghetto Style Dub of Byron Stingilys
"Thats The Way Love Is"?
Lets hope we dont have to wait too long before
we see another continuous mix CD by the remarkably talented
DJ Jason Ojeda. Nervous has definitely found a formula here
that works. You may not have ever stepped foot in the actual
Tunnel space, but at least with this CD, you can experience
the magic again and again in the comfort of your own home,
without the unnecessary burden of security, a cover charge,
or door drama.