Armand Van Helden returns from a two-year break with a tribute to the city he loves. The diverse New York scene allows a blurring of normal boundaries that results in, well, albums like this for a start. ‘New York: A Mix Odyssey’ spans genres and decades to give you a taste of the Big Apple. There is new wave, Detroit rock, prog, eighties electropop, old classics and new upstarts – as well as Armand himself, naturally. Three of the tracks are new creations by Armand, namely ‘Let Me Lead You’, ‘My My My’ and ‘Hear My Name’, all of which have the trademark strong bass and heavy vocal elements synonymous with his name.
When it comes to the other tracks on this mix, the man has taken a ‘less is more’ approach in many cases. ‘Call Me’, ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’ and ‘Black Betty’ for instance have had very little work done on them, for instance. Yazoo and Soft Cell have had more of an updating, which allows them to sit nicely against Felix Da Housecat’s sleaze and Klonhertz’s take on Wire.
All the elements of this have been treated with respect and pulled together into an album that is fun and fresh.
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Label : Southern Fried Records
Release Date : 22 March 2004
Website : www.southernfriedrecords.com