Now Dance 2000 (EMI / Virgin, 1999)

Now Dance 2000

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Review
The first forward-looking volume of Now Dance was released in October 1999. Just over 70% of the tracks had featured on previous compilations. See the following:
Smash Hits Summer ’98: LCD – Zorba’s Dance.
The 1999 Brit Awards: Fatboy Slim – Praise You.
New Hits ’99: Shanks & Bigfoot – Sweet Like Chocolate, Soulsearcher – Can’t Get Enough, Inner City – Good Life (Buena Vida), Blockster – You Should Be.
Now That’s What I Call Music 42: Armand Van Helden featuring Duane Harden – You Don’t Know Me, Tina Cousins – Killin’ Time ’99, DJ Sakin and Friends – Protect Your Mind (For The Love Of A Princess).
Smash Hits Summer ’99: Phats & Small – Turn Around, Mister Oizo – Flat Beat, Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now, Powerhouse featuring Duane Harden – What You Need.
Fresh Hits ’99: ATB – 9PM (Till I Come), Wiseguys – Ooh La La, Chicane featuring Maire Brennan – Saltwater.
Now That’s What I Call Music 43: Basement Jaxx – Red Alert, Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl, S Club 7 – Bring It All Back, Vengaboys – Boom Boom Boom Boom, DJ Jurgen presents Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone, Precious – Say It Again, Yomanda – Synth And Strings.
Big Hits ’99: Moloko – Sing It Back, Doolally – Straight From The Heart.
Now That’s What I Call Music 1999: The Millennium Series: DJ Jean – The Launch, Shaft – (Mucho Mambo) Sway, Binary Finary – 1999 (Gouryella Remix).

Sun Is Shining is one of those Bob Marley tracks that really only took off after his death – despite a rather ‘busy’ history. It first appeared on Soul Revolution in 1971, and then on African Herbsman in 1973. Marley later re-recorded the song for his 1978 album Kaya. In the summer of 1999, a reggae fusion remix arrived credited to Bob Marley vs Funkstar De Luxe. The latter was Martin Ottesen, a Danish producer who gave the song a massive oomph with it becoming on the year’s key hits. Mash up! Onephatdeeva’s In And Out Of My Life welded the vocal of Adeva’s In And Out Of My Life with Fatboy Slim’s Right Here, Right Now. Big party record. To the groove: Paul Johnson’s addictive Get Get Down. The sweat and strobe of Rathmines’ TramCo. Cassius is in the house. Another ubiquitous banger from that era, the 12″ was picked up from Killian Murphy’s legendary Big Brother Records shop on Fade Street. A regular weekly visit with lunch afterwards in neckbeard central Simon’s Place. The filtered French funk house sound beloved of those Roulé 12″s.

Anyone for Buddy X, a tune from The Dreem Team Vs Neneh Cherry. Nice garage with a touch of harpsishcord. We go down under for Madison Avenue’s effortlessly groovy Don’t Call Me Baby which features a bassline sample from Pino D’Angio’s Ma Quale Idea, which itself is based on Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead. CD1 concludes with the banging disco swirl of Big Time Charlie’s On The Run. Elsewhere Eternal reached the end of the line with the low-key What’cha Gonna Do. Stepping onto the starting line was Britney Spears, the slow burning pop ballad Sometimes revealing hidden depths and a maturity beyond her years. Ace key change too. It’s followed by a surprisingly good cover of late ’80s sleeper What I Am (originally by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians) now given the Tin Tin Out treatment with Baby Spice, Emma Bunton on vocals. She’s not alone as Geri Halliwell pops up later on with the Charlie Rapino retooling of Mi Chico Latino.

More: Ann Lee’s dayglo Euro dance stormer 2 Times. Then the euphoric trance of Bullet In The Gun, courtesy of Planet Perfecto. Aging like one of Genazzano’s fine wine, Fragma’s blissful Toca Me with the unforgettable Eva Martinez on vocals. Faster – Mauro Picotto’s powerful Lizard, massive rush factor. Remember the good times: “You’re in the club, this drops.. tingling sensation all over your body as every single hair stands on end, every single problem you’ve ever had, every worry, every single obstacle you’ve ever faced just evaporates into thin air and you’re just stood there, arms in the sky with your eyes shut just feeling every single second. Incredible. Take me back!” (Richie Nrg) Closing out the unfamiliar is Alice Deejay’s sensational Back In My Life (Thrillseekers Remix Edit).

Favourite tracks
Cassius – Cassius 1999

Britney Spears – Sometimes

Ann Lee – Two Times

Fragma – Toca Me

Mauro Picotto – Lizard

Lest we forget
Big Time Charlie – On The Run

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7 Responses to Now Dance 2000 (EMI / Virgin, 1999)

  1. cosmo says:

    I also prefer this to the Now volume albums plus the Millennium volume covering that year. The Fourth Summer of Love? (Which probably helped to redeem that year musically.)

    Another seminal dance tune from that summer.

    Guilty pleasure. (Also one of those “You don’t like it? You’re joking surely” tunes.)

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