Review: Amazingly, it's been some 14 years since Kent-based house/pop fusionists Dirty Vegas made their debut on Credence, and 13 since they released their eponymous debut album. Here, they deliver their fourth full-length, once again effortlessly fusing jangly indie-pop influences with radio-friendly house grooves and festival-friendly EDM sounds. There are occasional nods towards tougher styles of dance music - see the thrusting pulse of "Photograph", Madness and X-Press 2 style "Save A Prayer" - but for most part it's a breezy affair, with hooky vocals taking centre stage. This digital edition also features a trio of acoustic versions, which only goes to emphasize the trio's pop credentials.
Northern Town (Paul Harris remix) - (4:57) 123 BPM
Reckless (Hollaphonic remix) - (4:31) 125 BPM
Save A Prayer (Lesonic remix) - (6:39) 122 BPM
Save A Prayer (Luca Guerrieri dub) - (6:30) 122 BPM
Photograph (continous DJ mix) - (58:53) 123 BPM
Review: Some 12 months after the original album was released, Dirty Vegas' Photograph gets the remix treatment, with a bumper selection of heavy-hitters contributing fresh interpretations. Naturally, it's a suitably dancefloor-focused affair, with most of the reworks dragging the London trio's radio-friendly originals further towards club territory. Highlights include a cheery, funk-fuelled rub of "Let The Night" by Sharam Jey, a deliciously sun-kissed, dub-fuelled tweak of "Setting Sun" by veteran Balearic types Afterlife, a throbbing, big-room friendly dirty house take on "Northern Town" by band member Paul Harris, and a suitably large, electro-tinged tech-house remix of "Save A Prayer" by Luca Guerrieri.
Review: This compilation to celebrate Miami 2014 features 67 tracks in total, each one resonating with forward-thinking creativity and contemporary commercial dancefloor charm. There are millions of highlights but be sure to check out the slamming stomps and vocal edits on "Unspoiled Perfection", Angello, Matisse & Sadko's cathedral-level synth anthem "SLVR" and the mad-jack fusion of Nile Rodgers and Eats Everything "Do What You Wanna Do". These are just three of many - CR2 have raised the bar ridiculously high right here.