Album Review by EDF
For those who are not in the know about dance music, Marc Romboy et Claude Derichs have been making dance records for more than a decade as well as setting up one of Germany’s successful dance labels, Alphabet City. Their first big smash was in 1993 with TOULOUSE and shortly after concentrated on developing artists signed to their label. They met Juergen Driessen, who was managing another label and produced the 1997 trance hit LA. This track eventually crossed over to the UK where the likes of Pete Tong and Judge Jules gave the track a push.
Marc et Claude eventually went back on the road DJing, then set up Alphabet City UK and produced other artists.
I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ (LIKE THE SUNSHINE), their dance/trance tune broke into the UK charts and brought their UK label some attention. With a suitably sparse atmospheric feel, it is not hard to see why this caught the imagination of clubbers. TREMBLE was their next single and that one done so much better it actually broke into the US charts.
Included here is a remix of the Minnie Ripperton classic LOVING YOU, which at the start sounds like a marching band and then proceeds to do its own thing. A bit pointless unlike the Tony Hadley led FEEL YOU whose vocal actually suits the dance genre. The affectionate THE HISTORY OF ACID HOUSE is a tribute of sorts to acid house but this album is an uneven album of both average and excellent tracks. Fans of trance will enjoy this but others will approach with caution.