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Dusk Till Doorn
Sander Van Doorn
EMI, Rs 395
For non-stop partying

Sander Van Doorn, the Dutch trance music DJ and producer, has evolved as one of the world’s best DJs ruling the dance floor.

Sander’s work largely focuses around trance and progressive music, but he is not averse to including a little of house and electro as this two-disc album demonstrates. Doorn’s mixing abilities are incredible.

Disc 1  starts with infectious house grooves and moves into uplifting melodies and progressive rhythms as it progresses. The energy level is very high with some powerhouse tracks from Afrojack, Ferry Corsten, Wippenberg, and a few of his own. This includes Koko, one of his latest tunes; Love is darkness featuring Carol Lee and Reach out.

The selection by Sanders in Disc 1 is great for listening as much as it is good for movement and dancing. Disc 2 is a trance compilation selected from a variety of producers to assemble an eclectic collection that is both thumping and elevating. Doorn has his own single track, Daddyrock. If Disc 1 has hard hitting anthems, Disc 2 is a soothing compilation. Two great discs with 35 tracks for two great non-stop sessions — for listening or dancing.
Michael Patrao

The Best Of Joss stone
Joss Stone
Virgin/EMI, Rs 395
The best so far
An irrefutably remarkable voice at 24, Joss Stone has outdone most others in her league. A clear reminder of this is the fact that she has a Best Of... album out already.

The album compiles all of Stone’s biggest singles from her previous four albums she has recorded for Virgin/EMI. So yes, you have Super Duper Love and Baby, Baby, Baby.

The Best of Joss Stone: 2003-2009 makes you wonder if she’s ready for a compilation of her best collection. Few tracks leave you mesmerised as you’re constantly switching between believing that you are listening to a bit of Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Adele in the numbers.

Although this R&B singer has managed to put forth her best so far, what’s different now is the timing. Somehow the songs fail to greet you with the old charm that had us hooked. The lyrics seem redundant. One number though, that did catch my attention, was the rendition of Stone’s cover of Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E. She cuts a sly tone, gliding on a smooth note over a groove that’s both a throwback and a new mix. Other surprise appearances in the compilation were Free Me and Stalemate. Maybe the album will serve as a farewell to Stone of the Old, given that she is busy experimenting with the likes of Mick Jagger, getting her hands dirty with rock n’ roll.
Soumya M Nair

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