Dance Hits ’94 – Volume 2 (Telstar, 1994)

Dance Hits 94 V2

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Review
Telstar followed up Dance Hits ’94 – Volume 1 with a second edition during late 1994. By now the market was approaching its peak. 40 more unlimited dance hits to add to the pile.

There are no surprises in the opening waves. Tony Di Bart’s dreamy The Real Thing is followed by the frantic Maxx and Club House before D:Ream’s UR The Best Thing crashes down. Alex Party’s Read My Lips continues to thrill me; its breathless wordy undertones a true delight. Then a brief diversion: Time Frequency’s losing-it bring on the the goose pimples banger Such A Phantasy followed by Moby’s incredible Hymn. And go back to the old routine with Reel 2 Real’s I Like To Move It, CJ Lewis’ Sweets For My Sweet, Bitty McLean’s Dedicated To The One I Love and East 17’s pounding It’s Alright.

Degrees Of Motion featuring Biti – Shine On: an example of radiant house music. Next comes Motiv8’s uplifting Rockin’ For Myself and JX’s crucial Son Of A Gun while K-Klass bang the ivory keys on Let Me Show You. There’s an Italian project in the house: Deadly Sins and We Are Going On Down. Plus a sax stomper for Black Machine as they keep the momentum hot on How Gee. Get some heaven with Chubby Chunks’ Testament 4. The piano riff is identical to the Masters At Work house remix of Madonna’s Erotica. A flood of nightclub memories come back when I hear The OT Quartet’s mesmerising Hold That Sucker Down. We round off the first disc with one Eurodance’s most unheralded tracks, CB Milton’s evocative It’s A Loving Thing. Great synth action.

CD2 was born to follow. Dance energy from the start with 2 Unlimited’s The Real Thing [a nice touch and nod to Tony Di Bart] and Cappella’s Move On Baby. Gloworm imbues Carry Me Home with religious fervour while Eternal’s superslick Stay Our Love is one of the highlights of the Louise era. The evergreen sleaze of R Kelly comes to the fore on the grinding Your Body’s Callin’. Truly booty. Funky, funky: there’s a nice jazzy groove to US3’s Cantaloop; touched by the spirit of Quincy Jones. The laidback vibe continues with Haddaway’s I Miss You (Club Mix). Opus III tries to recapture past glories on When You Made The Mountain. Jury’s out. Remember David Grant and Jaki Graham’s Could It Be I’m Falling In Love? Out Now! is your friend. Worlds Apart do a passable cover.

Get ready to rumble as PJ and Duncan AKA wig out on Why Me? Go smooth with EYC’s Number One and M People’s wistful take on Don’t Look Any Further. Try out Jody Watley’s poignant new jack swing of When A Man Loves A Woman and then pump the rhythm with Clock. Loveland’s Let The Music (Lift You Up) is self-explanatory while Denise Johnson [ex-Primal Scream] drops the pulsating Rays Of The Rising Sun. The house gets gradually progressive on 4 You from 4th Measure Men before the BPMs slip right down with N-Trance and Kelly Lloreanna’s slowed-down Set You Free. That just leaves for Juliet Roberts’ workmanlike I Want You and Credit To The Nation’s defiant Teenage Sensation. Enough is enough.

Favourite tracks
Moby – Hymn (Extended Mix)

Eternal – Save Our Love

US3 featuring Rashaan – Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

Time Frequency – Such A Phantasy (Radio Mix)

Clock – The Rhythm (Radio Mix)

Lest we forget
CB Milton – It’s A Loving Thing

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