Kylie Boombox

REVIEW: ‘Boombox’ – Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue – “Boombox”

reviewed by Christopher Smith

Kylie’s second major remix collection after “Mixes” (1998) was released with Parlophone Records and covered many of her hits from 2000 onwards. There was a smorgasboard from which to choose from during this period as virtually all of her physical singles releases came in two CD formats with at least three different mixes of the main song.

And for added value, the previously unreleased track “Boombox” was included just for good measure and even gave its name to the title of the album! If you’re planning a night out, then here’s a collection of club mixes to get you in the mood. “Are your speakers loud enough to handle it? If you think they are, then your on the guest list
for sonic bliss”!

1. Can’t Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head

Premiered at the Brit Awards in February 2002, this new and exciting version of Kylie’s massive hit from 2001 went on to be the version used during the Fever2002 world tour and was featured as an additional track on her 2002 single “Love At First Sight”.

2. Spinning Around (7th District Club Mental Mix)

One of the four mixes of Kylie’s comeback single in 2000 to feature on the 2CD singles released, this version is mixed by Jon Dixon and Andy Wetson aka 7th Heaven.

3. Wow (Death Metal Disco Scene Mix)

This remix was featured on the Australian CD single for “Wow” but oddly nowhere else…until the issue of this album!

4. Love At First Sight (Kid Crème Vocal Dub)

Only available on the limited edition vinyl single of “Love At First Sight”, this remix also make a mainstream debut on “Boombox”.

5. Slow (Chemical Brothers Remix)

Another commercial premier remix courtesy of British duo Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons who have been performing and remixing as The Chemical Brothers since 1989.

6. Come Into My World (Fischerspooner Mix)

This version of Kylie’s late 2002 hit was included with the Canadian and French single releases but once again makes it’s world debut here on this album.

7. Red Blooded Woman (Whitey Mix)

Confined to a limited edition Australian maxi CD, this remix by Whitey debuts on “Booombox”.

8. I Believe In You (Mylo Vocal Mix)

Perhaps the most popular mix of Kylie’s 2004 smash hit featured on all CD releases in all countries and is a welcome inclusion here again.

9. In Your Eyes (Knuckleheadz Mix)

Another debut for this mix of Kylie’s February 2002 number one and one of an amazing FOURTEEN different mixes of this song!

10. 2 Hearts (Mark Brown’s Pacha Ibiza Upper Terrace Mix)

Yet another debut remix for Kylie’s 2007 hit and a very chilled, more lively version of an otherwise mediocre tune.

11. On A Night Like This (Bini & Martini Club Mix)

Another popular remix featured on all CD formats of her September 2000 hit courtesy of Italian producers Gianni Bini and Paolo Martini.

12. Giving You Up (Riton Re-Rub Vox)

This version comes from Henry Smithson, an English DJ and producer who performs as Riton, was included on CD1 of this single from March 2005.

13. In My Arms (Sébastien Léger Vocal Remix)

This awesome remix was done by French DJ Sebastian Leger and is included here in it’s edited format of 3:49. The full 7:05 version is a real treat!

14. The One (Bitrocka Remix)

This is a new version of one of the standout tracks from “X“, that had been issued remixed by Brighton based producers Freemasons in Summer of 2008.

15. Your Disco Needs You (Casino Radio & Club Mix)

The single remix of Kylie’s call-to anthem had been released in Australia and Germany, but makes its first global appearance here.

16. Boombox (LA Riots Remix)

This track was originally one of the many tracks recorded for “X” but never made it to the final cut and makes its debut here with a remix from Daniel LeDisko and John O’Brien aka LA Riots.

 

Oddly “Boombox” was released in Japan first in December 2008 and the rest of the world throughout January and February 2009.  Nevertheless, it became hugely popular as a stop gap between “X” (2007) and the next album that would be a full year and a half away yet. It would peak at No.28 in the UK, No.72 in Australia and No.146 in Japan, as well as reaching No.10 on the US Electronic Album chart. As a ‘greatest hits’ of Kylie’s most popular and best loved remixes from the beginning of her Parlophone career, this CD is perfect and should be used whether you’re going out or partying indoors.

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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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