Sammy Bouriah (aka DJ Sammy), who hails from the Spanish island of Majorca, is enjoying the kind of success that most club DJs only dream of.
Sammy Bouriah (aka DJ Sammy), who hails from the Spanish island of Majorca, is enjoying the kind of success that most club DJs only dream of. In addition to topping Billboard's Hot Dance Music/ Maxi-Singles Sales chart, as well as most European pop charts, this album's title track (a cover of Bryan Adams' 1985 global hit) is a certified top-10 hit on The Billboard Hot 100. Not bad for a DJ who continues to hold down a residency at Majorcan club Joy Palace. Now, after years of honing his production chops, most notably under monikers like Porno DJ and Loona, DJ Sammy arrives at Heaven. A pleasant hybrid of underground trance and mainstream pop, Heaven offers nothing we haven't heard before. The arpeggiated build-ups are present; ditto for cascading synths, melancholic pianos, propulsive beats, and celestial female vocals. That said, it's precisely these elements that bring a smile to the face and keep the toes tapping. While such tactics fail on cover versions of "California Dreamin' " and "El Condor Pasa," they more than succeed on tracks like "Sunlight," "Take Me Back to Heaven," a cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer," and of course, "Heaven," the track that put DJ Sammy in the spotlight.—MP