Essential Spring Break: Summer 2001

An album so good, I bought it twice. I can’t remember how I lost it. I just remember loving it. I loved it for the thumping bass, the continuous mix, and how the energy was amped up to 110%

Yes, I was one of those guys with the car that made the bolts rattle in the car next to him. I had come into a little cash from a ratings bonus at the radio station. The smart thing to do would be to invest it in something other than car stereo equipment. What can I say? I was young and the check was burning a hole in my pocket as soon as I saw how much it was for.

I got in touch with one of my wife’s friends who did car stereo installs and he hooked me up. New head unit, new front speakers, amp, and a 12 inch sub woofer in the trunk. It was sweet! Friends would sit in the back seat and refer to the massaging qualities of the beast in the trunk.

Living at the Jersey Shore, there were a number of days throughout the year that windows could be rolled down and stereos blasted. Didn’t matter if it was heavy metal, today’s pop hits, or just some techno stuff that went, “oontz, oontz, oontz” for a ten minute drone, it was heard for miles up and down Route 37. In the summertime, Route 37 was a parking lot, no matter what time of day you were trying to get to the beach. Might as well enjoy the bumper to bumper bumping of the car stereos around you.

The main draw for picking up this disc was Darude’s “Sandstorm”. It had some play on the Top 40 station I worked at the time and every time it came on it would put a smile on my face. It sounded like 10 minutes of pure energy crammed into a track about 4 minutes long. The great thing about the album is the way it was mixed. Sometimes on albums that are one continuous mix, you can tell where the transitions are. Not this one, it’s seamless.

PasildaAfro Medusa6:16
Salsoul Nugget (If U Wanna)M&S Presents The Girl Next Door3:05
Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) [Spiller's Extended Vocal Mix]Spiller3:43
American Dream [Joey Negro Club Mix]Jakatta3:13
Happy PeopleStatic Revenger4:46
Spaced InvaderHatiras3:24
Rocket BaseJark Prongo2:46
I Wanna Be YouChocolate Puma6:30
Stranger In My House [HQ2 Mix]Tamia6:15
The House Of God [Collusion Mix]DHS3:05
Phat Bass [Warp Brothers Phat Mix]Warp Bros. Vs Aquagen4:00
Faith [Rachel Auburn Mix]Bliss Inc4:41
Sandstorm [JS16 Remix]Darude3:59
Played A Live (The Bongo Song)Safri Duo6:14
Beauty Of SilenceSvenson & Gielen5:11
Silence [DJ Tiesto Remix]Delerium5:43