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Dance Factory: Level 2

3.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Boys Of Summer 8 - DJ Sammy
  2. Look @ Me Now - Jessy
  3. I Engineer - 2DJ's & One
  4. E - Drunkenmunky
  5. Time To Rock - Gabry Ponte
  6. Take On Me - Fusion 808
  7. Rhythm Is A Dancer 2003 - Snap
  8. I Do - Tina Ann
  9. If You Love Me - Becky Baeling
  10. No Way No How - Jocelyn Enriquez
  11. Never - The Roc Project (feat. Tina Arena)
  12. Loneliness - Tomcraft
  13. Head - Thunderpuss
  14. Holiday - Madhouse
  15. The Sound Of Violence - Cassius
  16. Two Months Off - Underworld
  17. Breathe - Telepopmusik
  18. Shout - E Funk (feat. Donica Thorton)
  19. Mariah Carey - Through The Rain
  20. Dance Factory Level 2 Mega Mix - Bad Boy Joe


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dee Vee Music
  • ASIN: B00009TKYL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's no wonder that Louie DeVito has been voted the #1 DJ in America. There's his NYC Underground Party series and this, Louie DeVito's Dance Factory. Volume 2 features 19 tracks. It includes DJ Sammy's "Boys Of Summer" (A nice song indeed). There's also the song "E" by Drunken Munky. But I really liked the updated version of "Rhythm Is A Dancer" by Snap! I still like the classic "RIAD" from 1992 though. Now in a new trancish form remixed by CJ Stone. Plus like in all of Louie DeVito's NYCUP compilations, a Megamix by Bad Boy Joe. That's all I could explain for now. I'd like to know when NYCUP volume 6 will come out.
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This is a DJ dance mix CD with a kind of party feel. Nearly all the songs have vocals up front and the length of the songs is short, so it feels partly like pop and partly like dance. Adding to that feel is the inclusion of old pop songs or remakes of old pop songs: Don Henley's "Boys Of Summer" performed by DJ Sammy, Madonna's "Holiday" performed by Mad'House, "Through The Rain" by Mariah Carey, "Rhythm Is A Dancer 2003" by Snap!, and an instrumental remake of A-Ha's "Take On Me" by Fusion 808. Even the dance hits, such as "Never" by The Roc Project featuring Tina Arena, have more of a pop music structure. Adding to these "popifying" elements is that sometimes there is a bit of a jolt from one song to the next, particularly in terms of style, rather than a smooth mix.
The album is rather variable in quality; some songs I really like, such as "Look At Me Now" by Jessy, the amusing song "Head" by Thunderpuss and Barnes ("Welcome to my head...welcome to my mind..."), and the very melodic "No Way No How" by Jocelyn Enriquez. Other songs I like, but wouldn't say I REALLY like, and some songs I dislike, such as "The Sound of Violence" by Cassuis and "Two Months Off" by Underworld.
DJ Tiesto is more my style, I guess. For example, his mix of "Never," I really like--it's a nine and a half minute classy dance track, but the version on this album is a four and a half minute pop-sounding version.
I do enjoy this album, though, when I want to listen to pop-format dance tunes and a variety of dance music with a party atmosphere. Many of the songs have a rich electronic sound, which I particularly like.
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By A Customer on June 25, 2003
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I was waiting for Devito to come out with a new cd. After not wanting Dance Divas and not too happy with NYC Dance Party Vol 5, I needed a good Louie fix. Dance Factory 1 was better than this new one, but like a previous review mentioned Louie had better songs to work with. Club songs now do not compare to the songs from a year or two back. "No Way No How", "E", and "I Do" are my three favorite picks, with "Loneliness" being up there also with up and coming hit "Never". My only real complaint is the length of the songs, once again most of them are too short. I suggest longer mixes next time. I would get this cd because it is still the best club cd out there now. I wish for a best of Louie cd, compiling the best dance songs he has ever mixed on his cds.
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This one just doesn't measure up to the first volume of Dance Factory. Nearly all the songs on the original were definite hits, placed perfectly and blended together seamlessly. I might be going out on a limb here, but I think that the first Dance Factory singlehandedly brought dance music back into the mainstream (where I live, anyhow). Whether that is for good or for ill is for you to decide.

On the 2nd volume, Louie's song choices were not the best. The first half of the cd, up to about track 9, is decent. Then the last half seems to lose its energy and fade out. All the excitement dissipates because the songs are not stand-outs and the tempo does not change from song to song at all. Individually, I am sure they are good songs, but they do not work on this compilation.

There are some good songs, but there are also some really, really bad ones. "Time to Rock" is one of the most irritating songs I've heard in a long time, as is "Two Months Off." On the other side of the fence, "Look @ Me Now", "Boys of Summer", "I Engineer", and "The Sound of Violence" are great songs. If you ask me, though, the only song that is on the level of the first dance factory is "Look @ Me Now".

Overall, Mr. DeVito seems to be resting on his laurels on this disc. The spontaneity and creativity of some of his other stuff is missing. It feels very repetitive and flat after a while, and that is something that I dislike a lot.

I say give it a listen before you decide to buy it or not; you might end up loving it, and you might end up thinking it's terrible. Everyone has different taste, so even if I was not that impressed, you should still give it a chance.
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Louie Devito has become famous for his continuously mixed house and trance music, and for good reason. His mixes are well done, smooth, and integrate many different styles of house and trance. This CD is no different. Anyone who enjoys electronica, whether a hardcore clubhead or a weekend warrior, this music is easy to listen to and becomes infectuous. I have found myself bobbing my head to the beat even when not listening to the music!
The CD starts off strong with Look @ Me Now and continues until track eight, The Sound of Violence, where he chills out a bit, but by track ten its back to hard beats and gets you moving again.
I personally also love this CD more than his others because I am an avid fan of the eighties, and there is so much vintage music redone electronically. From Boys of Summer, to Take on me, to Holiday, he infuses 80's into this mix. All I can say is, New wave is back baby!!
Basically what I'm saying is, this CD rocks! If you're into the club scene, this CD is a must listen.
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