Late last year, New York City-based Ultra Records issued one of the best U.S. chill-out compilations with Ultra.Chilled 01.
Late last year, New York City-based Ultra Records issued one of the best U.S. chill-out compilations with Ultra.Chilled 01. As if to even the balance, the label unleashes what is very much that set's antithesis. The two-disc Ultra.Dance 01 revels in hard-hitting beats and swaggering rhythms. Throughout, DJ/remixer Johnny Vicious—who seamlessly beat-mixed the set—deftly recreates a night out in most any big-city club. Unlike too many DJs who create mixed compilations, Vicious has a way of tempering decidedly underground sounds with more mainstream fare. Which explains why Amber's "Yes" segues into Iio's "Rapture (Feels so Sweet)," why Green Velvet's "La La Land" bumps into Peter Rauhofer + Pet Shop Boys = The Collaboration's "Break 4 Love," and why Suzanne Palmer's "Hide U" slides into Tukan's "Light a Rainbow." Smartly, Vicious divides the discs into "main floor" and "underground," both of which make for the perfect soundtrack in those pre-going-out hours.—MP