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Various Artists 15 Years of Paradise: 15 DJs Recap 15 Years

  • Words: Justin Hopper
  • Label: King Street Sounds
  • XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10

King Street Sounds has never parsed words concerning its origins. Named for the street upon which the Paradise Garage stood, the label’s email list reads like a Garage-head’s who’s-who. And they all show up here, on 15 Years of the label’s house-music catalog, each selected by a leading light: Joey Negro, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit. The tracks traverse the narrow landscape of house, from roof-raisers like Blaze’s “Most Precious Love” to more spiritual stuff like Ananda Project’s “Cascades of Colour.” The irony is that such a vibrant and iconoclastic scene has provided the impetus for decades of slavish replication. Still, 15 Years is cream-of-the-crop.

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