Various Artists - Get Physical 7th Anniversary Compilation
Wed 14th Oct, 2009 Music Reviewsin
It’s been seven years since the Get Physical label was created and the Berlin power house has truly been at the forefront of dance floor electronic house. The prodigies of tech house – maestros Bookashade, DJ duo M.A.N.D.Y. and DJ T, means that with such a stellar calibre of talent at the helm, their reputation as the founders of the label is unrivaled. All globally renown in their own right, it goes without saying that there was always going to be big things expected from such a superstar ensemble, and this is not even taking into consideration other artists signed to the label.
While it’s sometimes difficult to pigeonhole the exact genre of the sound of this evolving label, they make one thing clear on their website, its all about “club compatibility” and Get Physical have truly proven themselves by living up to expectations.
A reward to fans over the past seven years is the new 7th anniversary compilation, mixed by M.A.N.D.Y. While predominately electronic dance, it’s a compilation which aims to get you moving by mixing up a whole heap of genres to create the perfect combination of dance floor house.
Almost as if Get Physical are having a joke at our expense, M.A.N.D.Y. kicks off the mix with the track Fuck Pony, which is almost mantra-esque of the label. It is a fitting opener as its so seemingly appropriate. As crowds may struggle to place this mix into a genre, the vocals blatantly tease and encourage dancers to forget about sub genres of dance music and just get down (“Its only music baby, get down/Don’t be so up tight, just dance”). M.A.N.D.Y. then continues to mix up a smorgasbord of different rhythms. Things get a little dub sounding on Learning From Mistakes, to tribal tease on Balea, with a electro rap on Penny From the Lane, tech house on Calypso to old school sounding Tiga on Just Don’t Stop.
While the Get Physical label has always claimed to be an electronic house label, they have made an art out of mixing genres on this comp.
Get Physical’s favorite sons, Booka Shade are of course dropped a couple of times, lending their dark minimal tech sound and their track Duke hints potential for a club hit. DJ T gets housey on Gorilla Hug with lots of percussion. Stand out track from Riton Vs Heidi, is an electro tech glitch club mover and if your not shaking by this point, there is something seriously wrong with you.
This is a great sample of things from such a diverse and successful label, with a stellar catalogue of artists. For those who have been living under a rock, it is a great way to get acquainted. While those people who are expecting up front tech house in the form of a Booka Shade sounding mix, they will be very disappointed, as large parts of the mix are housey, and this is primarily an electronic dance floor house, however this is far from a criticism. This is what makes this compilation a success. While this mix is very reflective of the Get Physical sound, it comes without any pretentiousness you may expect to find with a label that is now deserving of so much respect.