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Album review

Moda Black Compilation

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Photo: Moda Black

This week, Moda Black was awarded the title “Dance album of the year by Itunes”, which is pretty good for two lads from Lincoln, DJs Jaymo and Andy George. The album beat such favorites as Ministry of Sound to the top, who have been releasing similar compilations for nearly two decades.

Lincoln Music Scene recently covered a Moda night which featured internationally renound DJ Justin Martin and Rinse FM DJ Doorly, which went down a storm. But it’s not just events, the company also has been producing records for a few years by artists such as Tom Starr and Toy Tigers.

Moda Black is an extension of the Moda Label, focusing on the deeper side of Dance music, and the Moda Black compilation album is a showcase of this style.

The CD is a continuous DJ mix of some of the biggest releases, featuring such artists as Disclosure, The 2 Bears and Mia Dora.

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Photo: Moda

Though I am not usually a fan of continuous mix CDs, the album successfully carries out the purpose of providing a snapshot into the label. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good introduction into deep house music, which seems to be blowing up around the country as we speak.

There are no fancy tricks with the mixing necessarily, but to be honest there isn’t any need for it in this context. The mixing is simple and flawless, which allows each track to breathe.

Probably the stand out track for me is Disclosure-My Intention is War, the track made appearances throughout the sets of DJs across the summer festival circuit, and It is refusing to go away, as the UK garage reminiscent rhythm its just as settled in a nightclub as it is on a sunny afternoon in a field.

Other highlights for me were personal favorite Shadow Child, with his track So High. I feel as a producer he has provided a consistency of good quality tracks since the release of his first EP release earlier this year.

So If your looking for an album with an eclectic choice of UK dance music tracks from this year, Id say this compilation is definatley worth a download. If your looking to use any of these tracks to mix I would recomend purchasing them individually, as mixing songs that are already mixed will not fare you well.

Here’s a taster from the album, enjoy.

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