NRK compilation: BACK IN THE BOX

After the staggering dig-in-the-crates that was Dave Clarke’s Back In The Box, the legendary DJ Sneak gets his hands dirty delivering his mix for the prestigious series from leading UK house label, NRK.

Having somewhat of a renaissance of late due to an infamous back-to-back session with Ricardo Villalobos, Sneak aka Carlos Sosa has a history of continually staying ahead of trends and making house and techno that really matters. This makes him the perfect Back In The Box candidate, where unearthed gems and anthems from days gone by are delivered with a fresh outlook.

Kicking off with Blak ‘n’ Spanish “Call Da Vibe”, Sneaks two cd mix (accompanied by an unmissable double unmixed cd) captures the best of an era where US production hallmarks like the heavy 909 drums and latin rhythms collided with European interpretations of house from the likes of Bob Sinclair, Ian Pooley and Daft Punk. Highlights include the latter’s truly classic remix of I:Cube’s ‘Disco Cubism’, Sneak’s own smash ‘You Can’t Hide from Your Bud’ and the ultra rare Mood II Swing remix of BT’s ‘Remember’ but it’s impossible to pick with a tracklisting this perfect.

Swing, shuffle, groove or whatever you’d like to call it, DJ Sneak has it in bucketloads and it runs through this mix like an artery feeding hyperactive organs, or something like that. Quick but smooth mixes and the ability to change atmosphere and tempo mean Sneak’s mix is essential stuff, not just for punters but also for DJs as he can safely be called a DJ’s DJ as well as a floor rocker.

Born Carlos Sosa, he moved with his family from Puerto Rico to Chicago in the early 80s, and by the early 90s was instrumental in the Chicago house renaissance, spearheaded by the legendary Cajual and Relief record labels, and a pool of hot talent such as Paul Johnson, Gemini, Cajmere/Green Velvet, Derrick Carter, Glen Underground and many more. His productions have influenced and innovated, and he was enlisted by fans Daft Punk to contribute to their 2001 single, “Digital Love”. Sneak currently resides in Toronto, Canada,

This is essential, life affirming stuff!


Disc One
Blak ‘n’ Spanish – Call Da Vibe
Freeform Five ft. Carolyn Harding – One Day (Freeform Re – Form Dub)
BT – Remember (Mood II Swing Dub Mix)
Blue Boy – Sandman
Chris Simmonds – Rush n Soul
Mousse T – Ooh Song
Deepah Ones – In The Sky
Johnny Corporate – Sunday Shoutin (B Boys Shoutin Dub)
Global Communication – The Way
Studio 45 pres Le Pamp Playhouse – I Like The Sounds
Bob Sinclar – Visions Of Paradise
Cheek – Venus (Sunshine People Mix)
Cajmere feat. Dajae – Brighter Days (Underground Goodie)
The Brand New Heavies – Shelter (Danny D Mix)
Cricco Castelli – Life Is Changing
DJ D presents Hydraulic Dogs – Shake It For Me (Original Mix)

Disc Two
Markus Nikolai – Bushes (The Second Remix) (Version 2.1)
Johnny Fiasco – Conduction
Secret Ingredients – Chicago Chicago
The Chicago Connection – Dancin’ (Mark Grant Mix)
DJ Sneak – You Can’t Hide From Your Bud
Paul Johnson – Hit It Up
DJ Sneak – All Over My Face
Roach Motel pres. 2 Stupid Dogz – Trouble
Deaf n Dumb ft. S. Leger & Nicholas de Floraiant – Holiday On Night
I-Cube – Disco Cubism (Daft Punk Mix)
Happy Human – Horn Junk
C-Dock – Traffic Jam
Ian Pooley – Higgledy Piggledy
Bob Sinclar – The Ghetto (Original Cleared Version)
Fantom – Faithfull (Original Mix Par Fantom)

Artist: Various Artists
Title: DJ Sneak : Back In the Box
Label: NRK
Release: 23rd February 2009
Format: CD / Digital
Cat No: BITBCD04
posted: December 1st, 2008
written by: I-Plug

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