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Next is now, world music as the single most potent force in the culture of fusion ... World music-makers are like shamans, carrying us on magic carpets of riffs and melodies through states of consciousness that spin us out of time to lands not yet invented but glimpsed on the aural horizon ... And so we see that music brings us, in the jumping of our cells, from what is past to what is trying to become the future. lt expresses and fulfills our need to hear the spirit in the dark.
(Jean Houston in Jump Time, Sentient Publ. 2004)

Dance Planet CD - Dance Music - Wild World-Beat

Various Artists

A fun wild dance party music for body, mind & spirit.Exotic and funky dance rhythms from Australia, Europe, USA, the Caribbean and more, pumping a hot/cool dance journey through your system. High energy music to move your feet and stir your soul! Intoxicating rhythms & charged vocals quicken your pulse, shake off your blues and transform your lounge, simply by pressing PLAY.

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Track Description Musicians and Instruments
1. Earth Dance Dreamtime by Mystic Rhythms, 6:59 Fast intoxicating rhythms, an insisting trumpet, and voices to move the soul - let go with the flow of the dance. Gregor Theelen: Programming
2. The Pleasure Zone by Urban Harmonix, 5:35 Indigenous technorganica! Fast 150 beats/minute, a song that rocks clubs and dance parties with bush sounds of Australia. Darragh Brady: Programming, Keyboard - Racheal Brown: Vocals
3. Watsi Watsi by Don Peyote, 7:37 Humorous African Voodoo chant and talking drums meet doof beat and sound tweaking - high energy trance. Don Peyote: Programming, Synthesizer
4. Timbasa by Sin Palabras, 7:32 Based on various popular Cuban rhythms, with lots of percussion instruments. This music is played especially at weddings, birthdays and dance parties. Sin Palabras (band): Programming, - Electronics, Percussion - Tambor de Firmin (band): Vocals - ElTeacher, El Charangero: Percussion
5. Shakuhaji Tales (Dance Mix) by Kamal, 6:56 A haunting Shakuhachi melody with a trancey dance rhythm. Kamal: Keyboard, Programming, percussion
6. Native Rituals by Karunesh, 4:52 A celebration of youth and strength. Feeling the power of life in the transformation from youth to manhood. Life is unfolding its endless possibilities. Karunesh: Keyboard, Synthesizer, Programming
7. Luna Piena by Gypsy Moon, 3:33 Joyous flamenco world beat dance celebrating the full moon. Deva Priyo: Vocals - Kamal: Programming, Guitar - Yeshe: Percussion
8. Mirror (Byron Bay Club Mix) by Chillum, Late night euphoric club remix by Orlando Allen - come, let's dance. Darragh Brady: Keyboard, Vocals - Orlando Allen: Programming - Sonia Chemarin: Vocals
9. Phrygian by © Yantra de Vilder, Zia Moreau, 6:15 Hypnotic trance beats with repetitive sycopations. A fast edged dance track for instrumental lovers and dance floor groovers. Yantra de Vilder: Programming, Keyboards, Vocals - Zia Moreau: Programming, Vocals


Dance Planet reviewed by Misty Thomas: Jive Magazine
Music Mosaic is a new label from Australia that is continuing their series of world music compilations. These CDs have been put out by Music Mosaic and they promise that it "encourages all cultures and nations to live together respectfully on our planet Earth." This CD is just remarkable. It is filled with very upbeat and uplifting tracks for those who love the sounds of chanting, drums, and smooth vocals. This CD is a very different type of electronic music.

It combines African rhythms, Cuban beats, and aboriginal sounds to take the listener on a worldwide journey. For instance, the Don Peyote track, “Watsi Watsi,” uses birdcalls, laughter, shouts and African chanting to stir the soul of anyone listening. The CD is overall very good, but it is a bit inconsistent as far as the genres on the CD. It has a tendency of going from upbeat house tracks back down to a bit of a more trancey sound and then back to the house tracks. The quality of mixing is exceptional though. To find out more about Music Mosaic or to hear tracks from the CD visit their website www.musicmosaic.com.

Dance Planet reviewed by Turk's Head, edited by Jim Esch

Another pulsating, throbbing bouillabaisse of danceable world beat music from Australian-based Music Mosaic. Aside from one or two mildly cheesy keyboard klunkers, this is an excellent mix. I'm not the dancin' fool type, but this isn't just a club dance record for tribal stompers and Denny Terrio wannabes. It's good for self-hypnosis, centering, focusing, partying, zoning in, and zoning out. The mixture of styles makes it a veritable United Nations of Groove. Feel the rhythm of one planet dancing. A solid, versatile compilation.

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