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Joey Youngman

Franchise Player 02

Mixed by Joey Youngman

(Franchise Player; US: 22 May 2007; UK: Available as import)

Getting his start in southern California and currently operating out of Austin, Texas, Joey Youngman doesn’t let up on this, the second volume in Franchise Player’s new DJ mix series. The thumping, frenetic brand of house music on display here makes references to the 1990s, when house and the newly-resurgent UK indie scene were commingling. Hence, there’s wah-wah guitar, loud ‘808 and ‘909 hi-hats, and R&B and funk references. Apparently, nowadays this is being called “dirty disco”, although there’s some UK Garage thrown in as well. Silly subgenres aside, the fluid bassline of Jay-J & Miguel Migs’ “Rock the Spot”, the Prince-like edge of Digital Villains’ “Busted Speaker”, the effortless soul-jazz of Kenlou’s “Moonshine”, and Youngman’s own expansive “Dilated” all rock the house. Throughout, the vibes are set on “party all night”; and, while this can exhaust your ears, it can just as easily make you get up and shake it.

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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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