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.

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