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Dance Baby


DIYNAMIC CD 03 | 2009-10-26  
Diynamic main man, producer extraordinaire and glob trotting DJ, Solomun, delivers his
debut long-player “Dance Baby” for the Hamburg based imprint in the Autumn of 2009.
It is a staggeringly short time in which the Bosnian-born Croatian Mladen Solomun has
exerted a considerable influence in house music. Just four years of consistent, forward
thinking and innovative releases have propelled the gentle giant into the big league. His
sterwardship of the Diynamic imprint, parties and radio show have won him an army of fans
as well as providing a platform for other notable talent such as Stimming, H.O.S.H and Ost &
Kjex to become similarly influential.
The brilliant debut, “Dance Baby” sees Solomun further refine his craft and delivering an
album which provides a neat but powerful insight into not just house itself, but his very
personal view of the genre and it’s development.
Just as early house did, “Dance Baby” distils disco, soul, funk and electronic sounds into a
heady mix which flows like a classic DJ set – ebbing, flowing and taking in the whole
spectrum of moods and energies. This flow also lends itself to home listening wonderfully, a
rare trait for a house album and one that makes “Dance Baby” all the more endearing.
Opener “Country Song” slides you into Solomun’s world with a 1 bar live bass loop doing all
the work while layered keys and vocal ad-libs are scattered about the track creating a light,
airy introduction. Darker edged cuts like the low slung “Boyz in The Hood” and the incredibly
tweaked out “Blackout” create a sharp contrast but the programming means there are no
moody quagmires to get caught in.
As with much of his previous output, “Dance Baby” is oozing with classic house references,
such as the Detroitian string stabs of “Hypnotize”, Chicago “jack” of “Déjà vu” and the rabble-
rousing vocals of “Cloud Dancer”. There are even touches of the oft forgotten Sheffield
“bleep” sound which resonate throughout.
What really makes these references though, is that Solomun takes them and makes them his
own, embedding them into thoroughly modern tracks which don’t sound like any of his
previous singles but still sound quintessentially Solomun. There’s also a musicality which
blows through all eleven tracks which makes for a captivating listen and culminates in the massively emotive “Story of My Life” – an unforgettable, string laden piece of timeless house.
This is a stunning debut from a producer who has truly earned the right to deliver a long
player.... Dance baby!

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