Schatrax's Just For Fun is the track to start the mix and what a suitable title it is - this CD is a lot of fun to listen to. The female vocal sample asks the listener "...are you ready?", well ready or not this will catch you off guard and cause your rear end to groove along - sexy, summer, cocktail house to start things off nicely!
Things start to build up when the beautiful flute heavy Off Side by Ray Mang and Nathan D'Troit gets thrown into the mix. Accompanied by some tribal percussion and wicked bass, you can't make up your mind whether to sit down and chill or to get up and dance, either way, this track is a winner. The breakdown in the middle should really sort things out nicely!
Sounding like it comes straight from the Verve Remixed album, Soul Supreme's Green Tea comes in next with some more sultry female vocals to add to the mix.
Hip hop supremo producer, DJ Spinna, along with Ticklah, provides a nice remix of Shaun Escoffery's Day's Like This and is a personal favourite. This time male vocals get the attention and it's good to see hip hop producers trying their hands at new genres and doing a very good job of it too.
Deeper gets the mix going nice and deep into bass territory and gets the funky vocoder treatment as well... Zapp - look out! Scott Ferguson's Dump Days follows next with some xylophone madness - something I have never heard to such an extreme in a house track... interesting!
Jaymz Nylon's Papolo Soul gets another interesting bassline workout - getting wobbly and is a good introduction to the phat-arsed bass line of Aaron Carl's Down - very reminiscent of Nine Inch Nail's Closer - male vocalist practically whispering sexually themed lyrics on top of a distorted bass line, but with more of a house ethic - another personal favourite!
Hold On is another male vocal workout and very funky - most of the tracks on this mix are funky indeed - and it compliments the mae vocals on Wally Calle's In Your Arms as if they were meant to be together.
Fantasize utilises a harpsichord tune to carry the funk and let's not forget that bass line yet again shall we? However it is mainly a lead up to Danmass' Godspeed which is my all time favourite in this mix. Hang on you say... Danmass? They're breaks producers, right? Correct, and here they've pulled out some house beats and crafted a funky ass tune that should shake any motionless butt in the nearby vicinity.
Scotch's Super Disco is the perfect finale to a fine mix. Utilising a drum fill with nice syncopation, it's easy to think the Doc has messed up his mix, well almost. Changing the feel of the track from a low down groover into some 70's retro revival and back again, by the end of it you'll be left feeling like something is missing... yep, you just want more of it!
Not being much of a house connosieur myself, this mix certainly grabbed my attention with it's eclectic track selection and no holds barred attitude to steer away from the big major anthems that other CD's seem to push. Another nice aspect of this mix is that Doc Martin mixes his track very deeply with each other - some songs mixing quite far into the next track. The title of this mix couldn't be further from the truth, you can feel these sounds.