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Hed Kandi: Disco Kandi 05.05 (2005) Retail CD
I have every single one of the previous 50 something CDs and had well and truly bought into the Kandi fantasy. Yet with these credentials I'm sorry to say that this is the worst incarnation to date in the series. It appears to have been bought out and relaunched - amalgamating all the current saacharine sweet, handbag house, dancefloor hits - leaping on the bandwagon rather than leading the way.Nor is there any structure to the compliation - no thematic momentum or change of tone from CD1 to CD 2 which Mark Doyle would discuss in his cover notes. But Mark (whose baby Hed Kandi originally was)more… has gone and the copy is now signed off by "Team Kandi": An unidentifyable corporate mascot - dance music's Ronald McDonald - and with all his lack of taste! Tragically, the product looses almost everything in this anonymous, collaborative translation. It's simply a money-spinner - none of the soul, the passion of the talent of the original brand.The concept behind the "Hed Kandi" identity was that it appealed not just to the ears but also to the other senses - to the brain, to touch (with its fabulous packaging) and to the eyes with its gorgeous graphic design which is so desperately lacking here. Indeed, the cover was genuinely the worst example of design on the shelf: a heartless pastiche of a Jason Brooks piece of cover art whose glam, sexy chic female clubber has been displaced by an unconvincing transvestite who has suffered a stroke. It may seem picky to examine the cover art so closely but it perfectly illustrates the faults of this new kandi era in a single, snapshot moment. Moreover, if your very brand identity is predicated on an assurance of graphic sophistication you open yourself up to criticism with such a poor offering whose banal, heard-them-all-before tracks struggle to offset.Ironically there is one area where the CD wins through. Where the original did excite touch, the mind, the ear and the eye it didn't attempt to stimulate the nose. But this one does: it stinks.
|1||Night - Who Da Funk|
|2||Ghetto Funk - Mirabeau|
|3||U Got Me - Para Beats & Carmen Reece|
|4||Essence Of Life - Copyright & One Track Mind|
|5||Message - James, Nate|
|6||Whatcha Gonna Do - Hi Fashion|
|7||Rosa Nova - Hais, Hanna|
|8||Life - Nelson, Grant|
|9||Black Sugar - Blanco, Bobby & Miki Moto|
|10||Feelin' Love - Soulsearcher|
|11||Yes - DJ Disciple & Suzy|
|1||Brighter Days - Dajae|
|2||Feel The Vibe (Till The Morning Comes) - Axwell|
|3||My Life - Chanel|
|4||2 Million Ways - C-Mos|
|5||Sun Rising Up - Deux|
|6||Coracao - Ropero, Jerry & Denis The Menace/Sabor/Jacqueline|
|7||Take Me Away - Haji, Seamus & Paul Emanuel|
|8||Walking On Sunshine - Rockers Revenge|
|9||Electric Shock - Soul Seekerz|
|10||Love On My Mind - Freemasons|
|11||Make A Move - Joey Negro|
- Hed Kandi: Disco Kandi 05.05 (2005) Retail CD
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- 12/12/09 by Del346
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