tisdag 15 november 2011

"I'm a white man, I'm a white man..."

Maxx - To The Maxximum
Released in june 1994

Label: Blow Up, Dig It International, Pulse-8 Records etc.

When Maxx released Get-A-Way in october '93, no one could anticipate the prosperity that the track would reach. A couple of months later we summarized a success at the same level as legendary tracks like Culture Beat - Mr Vain and Snap - Rhythm Is a Dancer. Get-A-Way became an instant hit all over Europe and up until today it's still one of those tunes that still can be played at the clubs. The track earned over 20 releases in various formats and there were a handfull different remix releases as well. It even got released in the US, which wasn't very common for this type of music during the mid 90's. 6 months later No More (I Can't Stand It) got released and became a perfect follow-up. Not as successful as the debut release but still very popular and well enough to maintain a huge intereset thowards the coming album that were about to get released in june of '94.

Maxx consisted of the rapper Boris Köhler (aka Gary B) and the singer Linda Meek. Linda did not participate on Get-A-Way as it was Samira Besic who performed the vocals. Yet Samira was not included in the music video, instead Eliz Yavuz (aka Alice Montana) lipsynced the whole thing. Strange thing is that Linda still is credited as the vocalist on some of the releases of Get-A-Way. What a mess! Boris Köhler (born in Sweden to Yugoslavian and German parents), was distinguished by his powerfull ragga rap in true Jamaican style. The project was produced by "The Movement", the trio of Frank Hassas, Olaf Jeglitza and Jürgen Wind. Olaf and Jürgen also worked on the MC Sar & The Real McCoy project. David Brunner aka The Hitman did the main writing and arrangement.

The album came out in june 1994 and became a huge success all over Europe. It contained 15 tracks including the Airplay Mix of Get-A-Way, the Hot Mix of No More (I Can't Stand It) and You Can Get It, that became the third single all though the 04:25 version on the album never got featured on any of the single releases. For some reason the fourth track of the album I Can Make You Feel Like got released as the fourth single, but the release only contained an edited version the track plus various versions of Get-A-Way and No More. Why no alternative versions, and why pick a track that sucked? Why Heart of Stone never reached a single release is still a big mystery. A side from the two hit singles, it's by far the best track of the whole album. It has very dark and sentimental vocals accompanied by amazing synth and bass elements. Perhaps it didn't get a release only because of the fact that there were no rap included? I guess we'll never know for sure. Other then that there were a couple of listenable tracks. I Want You has some interesting parts, Fight has a great bass line but the rock pieces kills it.

Maxx dissapeard from the scene in less then a couple of weeks. In late 94 the project produced a track called Power of Love thats was featured on Bravo Dance X-Mas. An amazing track that didn't get the attention it deserved. During the spring of 95 the project tried to release a raggamuffin' inspiered track in the same style as Real 2 Reel. It didn't work at all and the release didn't earn any attention at all. There were 2 eurodance versions on the release that had good intentions, but the Airplay Mix was not a successfull experiment.

tisdag 1 november 2011

"Like summer and sun..."

Indra - Anywhere
Released in may 1995

Label: EastWest Orlando

Indra Kuldasaar was born i Sweden in 1967 to Estonian parents. She fled the country around the late 80s and as far as I know, she has not returned on a permanent basis. Indra moved to France, and soon got in contact with the french music business. She released two albums in the beginning of the 90's and to sum it up she released a "Best Of" album in 1994, how ever that's possible after only two albums? Fortunately the Best Of album contained a couple of new tracks in a classic Eurodance style, and those tracks gave an indication on what way here sound was heading.

The eurodance guru Axel Breitung took her under his wings and produced the main parts of the album Anywhere that was released in may of 1995. The album was followed by a single with the same name, released in june 1995 and a follow up called We Belong Together, that came out in november later that very same year. Both of these tracks were produced in a classic Breitung style. Now one exiting thing about the album is that it's produced by a couple producers, all representing different styles of eurodance. Breitung has produced track 1-4 plus the two extended versions. Luke Skywalker, Enrico Zabler and Rico Novarini (mainly known for beeing involved in the Masterboy project) arranged and produced Party Going On and Take Me High were the Masterboy sound can't be missed. Then there is also Tell Me How, an absolute bomb with energetic synths and even a small rap part, but there is no info on who arranged and produced this piece of art. Too bad! Regardless of who made it, it does not sound like either a Breitung or Masterboy produced track.

All together, Anywere is a fantastic album with several amazing eurodance tracks. The fact that there is such a difference in the style of the tracks, makes it a very dynamic release with a lot of treat as a eurodance fan. On the other hand, there is always a backside with this strategy. Ofcourse there will be a lack of uniqueness towards a project that does not chose to dedicate a unique team of producers. What if the producers took b-side tracks that originally was ment for other artists. Breitung is known for having a huge amount of tracks released during the mid 90's, and even if there is loads of amazing tracks among these, they all sound about the same and his dedication to Indra, is not very unique. Incase you have missed out on some of Breitungs projects, you could easily make up for lost time by checking out this compilation. Same thing goes for the Indra tracks provided by the Masterboy team. Excellent tracks, but not very long-term seminal.

Now don't let me fool you with my contrary attitude, Anywhere is still an excellent album!