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The common grounds of the tracks on Famous When Dead 3 lie less in the technical side of the production. Because Isolée's future swing on 'Can't Sleep All Night' fuses so many broken and straight beats, beeps and vocals until the tracks almost explode at some point. Or Villalobos' summer hit 'Easy Lee' that's catchy and at the same time as complex as a closet full of forgotten tunes. Melchior Productions produces ever-surprising proof with 'Let's Go Deep' just how compelling constantly repeating the basic beat can be and how exciting slight changes in the embellishment are. With Rework it's similar. The upbeat way the drums come in on 'You're So Just Just' illustrates their typical severity. The depth of their bass is surprising. In contrast to the sweet as sugar Vocoder sound of 'No Under on the Ground' by the Visitors. Captain Comatose's groove on '$100', which will probably kick off just as well in some strange revue as in the club. Then there's the extraordinary, almost fluid track 'Inside the Freakbox' by Spektrum: freestyle, a house bastard. The atmosphere is what forges the bond between the tracks on this compilation. Playhouse sounds sophisticated and elegant in all it's facets and colors. Stylish. Regardless whether a record rocks or prefers to cuddle. We can hear the quality and the amount of work the producers put into it. There isn't any cheap showmanship, nothing's overhasty, everything seems balanced. Playhouse records want to sound good and they manage to convey a feeling of certainty that it is a good thing if a track doesn't appeal to you one hundred percent. We sit down on the couch and notice: The tracks follow one another so cleverly that they don't ever become boring, not even after listening to the record a zillion times - despite having danced to them at the club often enough too. The fact that they're danceable goes without saying, that's crucial. If it says Playhouse on the outside then there must be house in it. And the fact that Famous When Dead 3 still sounds fresh, even though some of the tracks are already a year old, is equally important. The retrospective has to assert itself here and now. A label that releases bittersweet songs such as 'Say Goodbye' by Khan and Julee Cruise, the embracing final tracks of the albums, does have an advantage. And so does a label that doesn't pursue any fads and fashions, instead opting for finding and cultivating a style of it's own. Playhouse is regarded as one of Germany's most important house labels, partly also because it's always on the lookout for ways of integrating new sounds and structures from the aspect of danceability. Ways of being innovative. And thus Playhouse's catalogue of harmonic colours is constantly expanding, becoming bigger and more vibrant, between black and white.

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Various Artists - Famous When Dead III / Various.

1) International Snootleg - International Pony Losoul
2) You're So Just Just - Rework
3) Inside the Freakbox - Spektrum
4) Can't Sleep All Night - Isol
5) Easy Lee - Ricardo Villalobos
6) Let's Go Deep - Melchior Productions
7) No Under on the Ground - the Visitors
8) Wunderbar - Glove
9) $100 [Captain Comatose 12" Mix] - Captain Comatose
10) Faux Obsolete - Arian Leviste John Tejada
11) Say Goodbye [Losoul's "She's Homeless" Mix] - Khan

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