Dimitri From Paris - Back in the House

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  • Even though Dimitri from Paris helped define the ethos of first-wave French Touch in the mid-'90s alongside Etienne de Crecy, Daft Punk, Fred Falke, et al., it's not really what he's remembered for these days. Thanks to those mischievous Playboy compilations (the iconic A Night at the Playboy Mansion in 2000, a follow-up in 2002 and a Return to in 2008), as well as his legendary bidding wars on eBay in search of vintage Philly soul obscurities, the Turkish-turned-French producer, tastemaker and tireless cratedigger has cemented his reputation as a fine disco connoisseur, both mainstream and underground. Back in the House, his first compilation in four years, sees him in a more contemporary mood as he chronicles current nü-disco trends (with artists like Mercury, Moullinex and The KDMS all featured), producer Morgan Geist (toasted no less than three times) and the Maceo Plex/No. 19 school of bouncy, fluorescent house ("Can't Leave You" makes a par-for-the-course appearance). Just to make sure he finds a way to fit right in next to these new peers, Dimitri also peppers his mix with either his own productions or his cheerful, hi-NRG, late-90s-like Eurodisco remakes of the likes of Holy Ghost!, Tyson and Sébastien Tellier. Overall, there is nothing really cutting-edge here in terms of content, but Dimitri is a skilled and clever DJ, so the songs at hand are chained to each other with flair and panache. If there is one reproach you could address to the selector on duty here, it's that Back in the House sounds exactly like what'd you expect from a contemporary nü-disco-tinged house compilation. When Defected ventured in these grounds in recent years, guest DJs like Tensnake had a certain sense of adventure, something that is regrettably lacking on here despite the inclusion of a few oldies (Marshall Jefferson's seminal "House Music Anthem," KF Flightt's dubby, cowbell-led "Let's Get Jazzy") thrown in here and there for good measure. In that regard, the album's modernist, Mad Men-esque artwork is a perfect fit: Back in the House is a safe, comfortable listen that is well-arranged and fully au fait with its subject, but lacks that elusive something that would make those Playboy bunnies go hmm.
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      CD1: A Night at the Horse & Groom, London (Live Recording) 01. Soul Clap feat. Franceska - Take It Slow 02. Poolside - Do You Believe 03. Kaine feat. Kathy Diamond - Love Saves The Day (Mario Basanov's Vocal Remake) 04. Pitchben - Stand Up (Tiger & Woods Remix) 05. Miguel Campbell - Kiss & Tell 06. Wagon Cookin feat. Odille Lima - Feels So Good (Longer Edit) 07. Storm Queen - Look Right Through (Dimitri From Paris Erodiscomix) 08. Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca - Pretty Baby (Original Full Length) 09. The Magician feat. Jeppe -I Don't Know What To Do (Original Club Mix) 10. DJ T. feat. Cari Golden - City Life (Maceo Plex Remix) 11. Faze Action - I Wanna Dancer (Old School House Mix) 12. Storm Queen - It Goes On (Vox) 13. Fury - Pain 14. Maceo Plex - Can't Leave You 15. Playgroup feat. KC Flightt - Front 2 Back (Kenny Dope Old Skool Remix) 16. Deux - Party People (Original Mix) 17. Jonas Rathsman - Tobago 18. Volta Bureau - Alley Cat (Original Mix) 19. Elz & Elise - Soul Power (MKTL Master Kev & Tony Loreto Club Mix) CD2: A Night at Dim's Mansion, Paris 01. The KDMS - Tonight (Morgan Geist Remix) 02. WebQueawry - Searching (Mam Remix) 03. Mercury - Rio 04. Mercury - Sweetness 05. Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca feat. Tim Benton - Domino Dancing (DJ Rocca Club Remix) 06. Holy Ghost! - It's Not Over (Dimitri From Paris Erodiscomix) 07. Mauvais Cliche - Stop Watching Me (Extended Mix) 08. Loaded Dice - Warm 09. Marshall Jefferson feat. Curtis McClain - The House Music Anthem (Move Your Body) (Terry Hunter Lower Wacker House Mix) 10. Kikumoto Allstars - House Music (Original) 11. KC Flightt - Let's Get Jazzy (Dope Dub Mix) 12. Mr. V featuring Carlos Mena & Pablo Fierro - Fire La Loca 13. Moullinex - Sunflare (Moullinex Club Mix) 14. Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca - Ero Disco Theme 15. El Freakadell - I Got You (Original Disco Version) 16. Tyson - After You're Gone (Dimitri From Paris Remix) 17. Sebastien Tellier - Cochon Ville (Dimitri From Paris Erodiscomix) 18. Tommie Sunshine & Midnight Magic - I Found Love (Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca Erodiscodub) 19. Dan Hartman - Relight My Fire (Dimitri From Paris Remix)