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The Latest in Party Groove from Centaur Music

Music Review by Rob Diaz-Marino (From GayCalgary® Magazine, August 2005, page 42)
Music Review: The Latest in Party Groove from Centaur Music
Music Review: The Latest in Party Groove from Centaur Music
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Party Groove: GayDays Volume 2

Mixed by DJ Randy Bettis

GayDays is the internationally acclaimed week of celebration in Orlando Florida, starting the first Saturday of June. Most memorably, the GLBT community is encouraged to “Wear Red and Be Seen” while visiting the world’s most popular theme park – Disneyland.

GayDays Volume 2 is the official CD for this year’s festivities. It’s loaded with a high spirited mix of songs from Grammy Award Winning artists such as Tom Jones “She’s a Lady,” Ultra Nate “Free,” Kevin Aviance “You’ve Got The Groove,” and Jason Walker “Set it Free”. Chart favorites such as Simply Red “Sunrise,” RuPaul “Workout,” and Tony Moran “The Promise” are also included in this collection that is sure to put a smile on your face. It also features dance mixes of top 40 hits including “Amazing,” “Naughty Girl,” and “Could It Be Magic,” as well as some songs making their world premieres, such as “Live You All Over” and “Ball of Confusion.”

GayDays Volume 2 gives you that Disney meets dance floor mix, bringing you an energy filled dance compilation this summer, that’s set to be purely delightful.

Party Groove: Pride 05

Mixed by DJ Julian Marsh

Upbeat, energetic and happy are words commonly used to describe DJ Julian Marsh’s style that focuses heavily on lyrical and melodic songs. This is his 8th consecutive year being the driving force behind Centaur Music’s annual Pride compilations. “I like pretty, happy music, always have and always will,” says Julian, “and these songs are great songs, with strong choruses.”

Most memorable for me was the inspirational opening track, Peyton’s “I’ll Rise.” The song pulls lyrics from Maya Angelou’s poem “And Still I Rise” concerning defiance in the face of racial discrimination, which has an equal ring of poignancy for us gay people. The CD then kicks into high gear with Tony Moran’s “Shine On” and several other dance mixes synonymous with the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

For fans of Fox’s hit show “The O.C.,” the album features an Italian dance mix of the theme song “California,” which puts a new spin on the indie rock original. But, personally I glommed onto this song as one of my favorites without ever having seen an episode of the show.

Finally Julian winds the CD down with some emotional song selections, including “Tear Drops,” “More Than This,” and “Never Knew Love Like This Before.”

DJ Julian Marsh will soon be retiring from his DJ career after 10 years and 21 compilation CDs. “If my choice of music has brought happiness into even one life over the years, then my mission has been accomplished.”

Centaur Music
www.centaurmusic.com

PartyGroove: GayDays Volume 2 and PartyGroove: Pride 05 are available in Priape stores across Canada, and online at www.centaurmusic.com, where visitors can listen to samples of every track on the album.

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