Dubfire’s Dream of Paradise is an example of pure house music. Wonderfully full and energetic piano/xylophone hooks and melodies is what this mix is all about. No mucking around here. Repetition is not a word to use as the melodies roll on and on with smooth bass and no actual baselines involved which is amazing as the appeal stays. Classic house.
Getting deeper, Sharam’s Deep Dish Dreamscape ventures into subdued bass drums and rasping percussion with a stripped back melody. An early breakdown gives way to the melody and an effected vocal sample with the mix taking it along for the rest of the ride. A quirky mellow bassline works well alongside Sharam’s interpretation of the melody as it really shows in the main breakdown. Once again, melody remains supreme.
The Skylark remix pushes the tempo and bass with an impressive peak time houser. Using bits of the melody as the bassline and tight, rolling percussion, Skylark pushes the sound into new areas. The melody still remains the draw card here and is so infectious in the breakdown. Addition of many other melodies add to the overload of sounds while the timed fading of the bass to the introduction of yet another melodic hook is very nice. This subtle change gives off that little bit more charge as the mix leads back into the bass and to the finish.
Classic is all I can say about this re-release. Many people will be taken back to the 90’s immediately upon hearing these mixes. It still stands the test of time.