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Review: M.A.N.D.Y., Renaissance, The Mix Collection

M.A.N.D.Y. are Berlin-based DJs and producers Patrick Bodmer and Phillipp Jung who are known for their superb mixing skills.  One story has it that an estimated half a million dancers were so deep into M.A.N.D.Y.’s groove at the 2008 Love Parade that they refused to come in out of the pouring rain.  Okay, drugs were probably involved, but still . . .

The kind of mixing skills that could keep a half mill dancers, stoned or straight, going in a downpour are on ample display in M.A.N.D.Y.’s Renaissance The Mix Collection.  They excel at virtually every aspect of creating a mix.  Tracks flow seamlessly both in terms of the choice of which track comes next and the segue between cuts.  M.A.N.D.Y.’s additions are integrated so smoothly into the sequenced track it’s difficult to separate the two sources of music.  They mix styles, rhythms and vocals/instrumentals so that the flow never seems to become repetitious or boring.

Although both discs are on the mellow side, disc one is more downtempo and disc two is uptempo.  Both discs are very easy to listen to and are likely to appeal to both newcomers to electronic dance music and experienced listeners.  These guys are very good.

We listen to and enjoy a lot of DJ mix CDs and have built up a large collection of this type of music.  Typically a mix comes into the house, stays in our rotation for as long as we enjoy it and then gets racked and forgotten.  A very few are returned to a time or two.  And then there are the select mixes that we come back to again and again.  M.A.N.D.Y.’s Renaissance The Mix Collection is one of those.


06/28/2010 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] M.A.N.D.Y.’s  Fabric 38 is an intriguing mix.  It has quite a different sound from M.A.N.D.Y.’s Mix Collection for Renaissance and on first listen it didn’t really grab my attention. […]

    Pingback by Review: M.A.N.D.Y., Fabric 38 « Tuned In To Music | 07/17/2010 | Reply

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