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Garth

Unleash the Hound

(Grayhound; US: 31 Oct 2006; UK: Available as import)

With his Grayhound label going strong, San Fransisco’s Garth uses this continuous mix to introduce 14 of the label’s tracks to CD. As with most small label comps, several artists (Stranger, Michoacan, Nectar) are featured two or three times. The upside is that the sound is generally coherent. Fans of Grayhound’s fun-loving, high-energy, anything-goes house music won’t be disappointed by what’s on display here: Plenty of thumping beats, groovy electro basslines, and retro/electro touches. Unleash the Hound takes a couple of detours into middle-of-the-road acid jazz, but overall it gives house music lovers plenty of incentive to party like it’s 1989, made extra effective by Garth’s skill behind the decks.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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