August 6, 2007
Various Artists: Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
Genre-spanning collection of dancefloor perennials
8 / 10
Considering the stellar line-up on ï¿½Last Night...ï¿½, maybe there should be more book-meets-music compilations. That said the book lends itself to this format, being that itï¿½s Frank Broughton and Bill Brewsterï¿½s exhaustive and brilliant study of the pivotal role of DJs in modern music. A revised edition has just been released and this eclectic album provides aural evidence to support the bookï¿½s claim. Flipping through Jamaican ska, original R&B to funk, Motown and electroï¿½ on and on it goes. CD1 is almost entirely US-based (James Brownï¿½s screeching, snorting ï¿½Give It Up Or Turnit A Looseï¿½ is the standout), CD2 chronicles the growing importance of the UK in dance music. Lenny D Iceï¿½s ï¿½We Are The IEï¿½, with its rave breakbeats and naff gunshots, may sound dated, but your dad probably got off his nut to it. Hang the DJ? Donï¿½t be silly.
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