Fedde Le Grand was a bit of a nobody until last summer when his electro house hit “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” stormed into clubs around the world and got to number one in the UK. Predictably enough, Ministry of Sound have jumped on his success, and the electro house bandwagon that has seen the genre’s dramatic rise in popularity in 2006, to invite Le Grand to mix its latest compilation. The “Sessions” series is marketed as showcasing the best in house music, but this two CD set is far from innovative and seems as though Le Grand is simply going through the motions.
The mix features the likes of Switch, Camille Jones, Martijn Ten Velden and some of his own exclusive productions.
There was always a danger that these mixes might be a load of copycat “Put Your hands Up for Detroit” songs and overused electro sounds. Thankfully, Le Grand steers the early parts of both through more vocal house roots and saves the dirty moments for the latter stages. Indeed, he’s kept true to his style and although the mix features the likes of Switch, Camille Jones, Martijn Ten Velden and some of his own exclusive productions it’s mainly made up of artists and tracks that will more than likely be unrecognisable to most in the UK. He certainly is no one hit wonder, as his productions and remixes here prove, and he shows his dedication to his Dutch underground roots by bringing in some fresh talent to be heard by new ears. Le Grand’s “Take No Shhh”, a collaboration with Flamingo, and Mastiksoul’s “Funk Master Flex” are two highlights that would get the party going if the rest of the album was up to scratch.
For me, though, this Sessions installment just does not do enough in its build-up to the electro-tinged tunes. There are too many tracks with horribly dull lyrics looped over dire beats for what seems like an eternity at a time. I know that a good mix should crank up the pace effortlessly, but Le Grand seems to be on autopilot for most of the mixes. If you are looking for a club class, upbeat house mix to throw on at the height of a house party, this is not it. Le Grand has certainly got a great knowledge of the underground scene, however surely he could have pulled out a few more tripe “A” tracks to wow fans instead of trying to bore them with progressive and uninteresting tuneage. It is too close to the type of house you hear at countless trendy, loud and overcorwded bars than a top, forward-thinking night club. Let’s hope the next installment in the series avoids the temptation of choosing another “flavour of the month” DJ.