Now Dance Summer ’95 saw Box Music Limited revert to a single disc compilation containing “20 scorchin’ dance hits”. NOD 16 was released on 17 July; right in the middle of the most glorious weather I had ever experienced. The next volume would not appear until October 1997 – so far ahead that it won’t get reviewed until January. Please note the top summers for heat – 1976, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1995 and 2013.
Boom! Boom! Boom! from The Outhere Brothers gets us into the mood before Shaggy and Rayvon’s grin-inducing update of In The Summertime. Next comes Ini Kamoze’s kick-ass Here Comes The Hotstepper; the lyrical gangster. This trio of ragamuffin reggae was constantly blasted out of random windows as I walked up and down Moyne Road in mid ’95. Slip inside the glass house with Bobby Brown’s slick Humpin’ Round; once again K-Klass are at the helm. Instantly recognisable is Jam and Spoon’s trance anthem Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) which is based on Leyenda by the classical composer Isaac Albéniz and features vocals by Californian singer Plavka. The European odyssey continues with Corona’s relentless Try Me Out and Clock’s cheeky banger Whoomph!
1916 and all that. Now for Italian Euro House project, A.D.A.M. and their eternally damned cover of The Cranberries’ Zombie. The video shows a girl in a miniskirt at a car wash. Livin’ Joy’s spotlessly great Dreamer follows along with Blondie’s Heart Of Glass pulsating under Diddy’s Adorable Edit. Then Billie Ray Martin lets fly on the gorgeous clubbing anthem Your Loving Arms. A real end-of-exams classic. Play back to back with Grace’s hedonistic Not Over Yet. Dominique Atkins on vocals and it’s the Perfecto Edit. Frequently confused with Roger Sanchez, Junior Vasquez ups the ante with the fly-life beats of Get Your Hands Off My Man. Isha-D and Stay (Tonight); a vital tune from Dublin’s clubs as its piano sucks you in.
There’s disco juice with Judy Cheeks’ fiery As Long As You’re Good To Me while the Sugarbabies’ Magic In U is a sample-heavy hopper of a tune. Exit planet dust: The Chemical Brothers are reborn and Leave Home is a breakbeat classic and initially appeared on their Xmas Dust Up cassette given away by the NME in December 1994. Pulp Fiction mania was still heavy in summer 1995; the film was still in some cinemas as the UK / Ireland VHS release would not happen until the following March. Spaghetti Surfers’ dance mix of Dick Dale’s Misirlou will surely raise a few smiles. Meanwhile Ann Marie Smith [ex-49er] cuts an absolute screamer on (You’re My One And Only) True Love. Absolutely massive. Slide away with Soul II Soul’s chilled out Love Enuff.
Chemical Brothers – Leave Home
Soul II Soul – Love Enuff
Grace – Not Over Yet
Lest we forget
Sugarbabies – Magic In U