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Review: Various Artists, Work It Baby 10th Anniversary

Work It Baby is a French record label operated by DJ/producer Kris Menace.  Work It Baby 10th Anniversary is a standard label compilation spread over two discs that celebrates ten years of  survival in a difficult business.

Work It Baby (the label) is variously characterized as a purveyor of electro house, nu disco, funky, and club house music.  If you’ve paid any attention at all to electronic dance music you know that it has a bewildering array of micro-genres with names that seem to vary with who is using them and are of virtually no importance to anybody other than the partisan fanbois who are ready to go to war at any perceived application of their favorite label to a track they don’t approve.  What ever you want to call it, Work It Baby puts out music that has its sights set squarely on the dancefloor.

In addition to operating the label, Menace is an active participant in the music it releases; 11 of the 35 tracks on the compilation list him as songwriter, co-songwriter, remixer or editor.  His work is very varied ranging from the piano-driven disco thumper “Enamored” which he co-wrote with Fred Falke that opens the collection, through his own “Maybelline”, a drum and percussion workout that kicks ass, to his remix of Patrick Alavi’s “Power”.  Although presenting a wide range of electronic music, or even of electronic dance music, is not Work It Baby’s aim, there is a more variety here than you might expect.  Thirty-five tracks and you never get the feeling that you’re hearing multiple variants of the same three or four basic ideas.

One thing the engineers at Work It Baby do very well is the bass drop.  There are several points in these tracks, Xinobi’s disco anthem “Day Off” is a good example, where the lead in and the eventual drop will have your booty out of your chair and your hands up in the air before you know what happened.  I’d like to give you an example to hear but it ain’t gonna happen with MP3.

Overall, Work It Baby 10th Anniversary is a solid collection of dance music from a label who clearly knows what they’re doing.  If you like this kind of music, give it a listen.

Romantic disco – Lifelike’s Running Out from Work It Baby 10th Anniversary

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05/22/2010 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews | , , , , , ,

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  1. […] Kris Menace, Idiosyncrasies After enjoying Work it Baby, the 10th anniversary set from Kris Menace’s record label, I thought I’d give this […]

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