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Stick with the original mix

Music With No Name, Vol. One
Music With No Name, Vol. One
By various artists

B+W / M.E.L.T. 2000: 1996

This review first appeared in the November 29, 1996 issue of the North County Times.

It's a cool concept gone bad. Or at least bland.

Scott Taves, producer for South Africa's B+W Music, a very cool world beat label still fairly new to the scene, has taken songs from the company's small but growing catalog and remixed them for a '90s dance club sound. (One supposes it was an effort to get more Europeans and Americans to give the music a listen.)

But the remixes tend to make the different artists all sort of sound the same. It's as if they've all been Janet Jacksonized. Everything's got that certain sameness about it – a staccato beat, synthesized strings ... sure, you can dance to it, but you could dance to most of these songs before they were remixed, and they were a hell of a lot more interesting.

It's not a bad album, just disappointing given the quality of some of the other releases these artists have done for B+W. In fact, you're better off getting the original albums by Outernational Meltdown, Flora Purim or Pops Mohamed.