Various - The Mix 50
Hed Kandi marks its 50th release with this three disc retrospective mix of tunes championed on previous compilations and at their famous club nights. Each CD represents a familiar Kandi theme.
The Disco Heaven and The Back To Love Mixes both feature vocal, soulful house, the main difference being the former consists of tracks released since Kandi's inception in 1999, while the latter concentrates on the late 80s and early 90s, acting as a history lesson of sorts. Kings of Tomorrow's Finally and Soulsearcher's Can't Get Enough are amongst those needing no introduction, but lesser known entries are rarely a chore to listen to.
However, it's The Twisted Disco Mix that is the most enjoyable. Featuring the likes of Rui Da Silva's still excellent Touch Me and a decent re-working of StoneBridge's Put 'Em High, this disc is stuffed with somewhat cheesy, yet often irresistable, floor-filling anthems.
For many clubbers, Hed Kandi has a rather too clean image - best symbolised here by the inclusion of the radio-friendly version of Mylo's Drop The Pressure. There's little hint in the music of the darker excesses of the dance scene. It's as well turned out as the immaculate cartoon babes which adorn every sleeve - lots of glamour and little to no sweat. Still, if you enjoy the label's style, The Mix 50, ranging from influential to current, is a good distillation of its existence so far.