Kylie Mixes

REVIEW: ‘Mixes’ – Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue – “Mixes”

reviewed by Christopher Smith

Kylie’s deconstruction period finished with the lackluster performance of the “Impossible Princess” album, which ironically is regarded by many as her greatest work. But there was one more album to follow before she departed for pastures new and fresh. The single “Breathe” was released in March 1998 and reached No.14 in the UK and No.23 in Australia and contained a number of mixes on both CD singles, and perhaps that prompted deconstruction to put out a whole album of mixes from the “Impossible Princess” era.

The album consisted of nine tracks covering all three singles released from “Impossible Princess” as well three mixes of the intoxicating lead track “Too Far”. And it sounded something like this…

1. Too Far (Brothers In Rhythm mix)

The opening track of “Impossible Princess” was just about as removed from a stereotypical Kylie tune as you can get and did not pull any punches as you wade into its rhythm’s and beats. The BIR remix was launched as a promo single in late May 1998 although no commercial pressings were made and so it never made a chart entry anywhere.

2. Too Far (Junior Vasquez mix)

American DJ and producer Junior Vasquez (Madonna, Janet Jackson) provides a harder, rougher “Too Far” with this mix but loses none of the mystique of Kylie’s tortured lyric or vocal.

3. Some Kind Of Bliss (Quivver mix)

“Some Kind of Bliss” was not to everyone’s taste when it was released as the lead single from “Impossible Princess” in September 1997. This was never more apparent than in the UK where it became Kylie’s first single not to make the top 20. However, this lengthy mix by John Graham aka Quivver, met with universal praise and was a big hit in underground clubs that appreciated its glorious trippyness.

4. Breathe (Tee’s Freeze mix)

Todd Terry provides this mix of Kylie’s final single from the “Impossible Princess” album and gives the track a lighter edge and brighter lift to the deep, breathyness of the original.

5. Breathe (Sash Club mix)

Sash, who had accumulated massive hits in the late 90’s with “Encore Une Fois”, “Ecuador” and “Stay” mixes “Breathe” and it’s instantly identifiable as only his sound and bass that it could almost fall in amongst his discography at the time.

6. Breathe (Nalin & Kane mix)

Harry Kane and Andry Nalin provide a darker mix of the song now with more emphasis on the music than the vocal, but it works as a transient anthem that will keep you going on the dancefloor when all life around you has stopped.

7. Did It Again (Trouser Enthusiasts’ Goddess of Contortion mix)

Don’t you just love some of the titles of remixes, well here’s a classic from Belfast producers Ian Masterson and David Green aka Trouser Enthusiasts! For the first three or four minutes it’s just like the tracks itself but then opens up into a mad techno dance stomper that compliments Kylie’s vocal perfectly.

8. Did It Again (Razor-n-Go mix)

Razor-n-Go had worked with Aqua and Ace Of Base before remixing this number for Kylie, that’s heavy on drum programming and mashes Kylie’s vocal up inside it.

9. Too Far (Brothers in Rhythm dub)

One final mix of “Too Far” to close the album from BIR and a dub to accentuate the drama of this incredible track for another ten minutes or so. Revel and worship in its wake.

 

“Mixes” was released in August 1998 as Kylie’s time with deconstruction was dwindling by the day, but it found an audience with dance fans and clubbers who embraced it with open arms. It reached No.63 in the UK and has gone on to sell 20,000 copies there, a welcome addition to the 80,000 copies that “Impossible Princess” had sold in that territory. The album was released in Australia under the title of “Impossible Mixes” (the UK still had “Kylie Minogue” as the title of the album at this point) and peaked at No.37, not bad for an album of mixes, many of which had already been issued as additional tracks on the three singles previously released.

Kylie would depart deconstruction very soon after to bigger, brighter and better climates. “Light Years” would reignite Kylie’s career at the dawn of the new century and it seems the world has been unable to get her out of its head ever since!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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