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Off Limits 2: Mixed by DJ Dixon
Sonar Kollektiv

Another exceptional collection from international multi-label group, Sonar Kollektiv! Off Limits 2 was compiled and mixed by collective member DJ Dixon, and it gives you a taste of the tunes he drops during his sets at Berlin’s WMF club. All of the material is upbeat and centered around House music tempos but is very eclectic with its styles, rhythm structure, and vocals. All of the tracks feature heavy Jazz and Latin elements without sounding like a deep house tune that simply sampled some Brazilian percussion. Combining with Dixon’s strong selection and mixing skills, track contributors include I:Cube, Trüby Trio, Lisa Shaw, G-Stones recording’s Stereotype and Soothsayer, Beanfield, Bayaka Spanish, Phoojun, among many others.

While I didn’t enjoy all of the vocal selections on the album (in particular the lyrics,) the instrumental tunes make up for it. This newer style of house music pulls together many multi-national sounds, eliminating cliché, and gives the material room to creatively expand. The producers use other rhythm elements in addition to the typical “four to the floor” tempo structure and they don’t lose themselves in the more typical sounds used throughout house music’s history. Be sure to listen for the albums closer, Georg Levin’s "When I’m With You,” an exclusive track produced by Dixon himself. –Justin Hardison

  1. “Someatime” – Phoojun
  2. “The Season” (Swag’s Vocal Mix) – Beanfield
  3. “Where’s The Monkey” – Sir Eddie Real and The Realistics
  4. “Pure” ( Mig’s Petal Pusher Vocal)- Blue Six
  5. “Adore” (King Britt;s Scuba Mix) – I:Cube
  6. “Sun” (Pathless Remix) – Eternal
  7. “Dub Club Track” – Stereotype & Soothsayer
  8. “Carajillo” (Jazzanova’s Chant For Leo remix)- Trüby Trio
  9. “I Can’t Sleep” (GGF Don Mix) – Everyday People
  10. “Storm” (At Jazz Remix) – Bayaka Spanish
  11. “Electric Lady” (King Britt Remix) – Neon Phusion feat. Sylvia Tella
  12. “I Think My Heart Is Tellin On Me” (Restless Soul Mix) – Lisa Shaw
  13. “When I’m With You” (Original Version) – Georg Levin

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