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Mixed by Jo Mills and DJ Cirillo – Sorry We Are Circo Loco!

UK release date: 29 July 2002

Circo Loco at DC-10 is Ibiza’s most legendaryall-dayer. Officially the after-hours party of theisland, it’s the first club to open and the last clubto close during the Ibiza season. No surprise then,that it takes the form of a mad, messy all day partylocated at the end of an airport runway featuringguest DJs such as Pete Tong, X-Press 2‘sRocky and Fatboy Slim.

The music takes theform of deep and twisted house, melodic techno andhands-in-the-air crowd pleasers. Just like Ibiza’sSpace, the club has an inside – showcasing the darker,tech-ier sounds of the club – and an outside terraceplaying all things house. Resident JoMills plays on the terrace and DJ Cirillo(also a resident) takes care of things inside, hencethe two CDs making up this compilation are calledInside (Cirillo) and Outside (Jo Mills).

Mills’ mix takes in tribal house,featuring the twisted sounds of Joeski andChus’ El Amour, and the metallic percussion ofDark Endeavours by Patric Turner. Thehighlight of this CD is Welcome to the Jungle byThick Dick. A Circo Loco favourite of last year, Millsdescribes it as reflecting the vibe of theclub – “It’s like a mad jungle, full of mad people,stomping.” However, many of the tunes here are justre-worked oldies such as Definition Of House byMinimal Funk and Foremost PoetsMoonraker. And do we really need the over-played andover-hyped Lazy included at the end?

Cirillo’s mix, on the other hand, takes inall sorts of influences, making it a much moreinteresting affair. Kicking off with the ultra-minimalskipping hi-hats and monotone Germanic lyrics of IchWill by Filmpalast, it gives way instantly tothe dark yet tuneful droning bass that is unmistakablySlam (Eyes Of Your Soul).

Also taking in theeuphoric techno of Samuel L‘s Merengue andBushwacka!‘s bouncy, jazzy, UndergroundResistance influenced electro, Cirillo does a greattrade in deep, dark disco and twisted, melodic techno.The only low points are the two Quasistereotracks. A bored sounding female ‘vocalist’ reeling offa long list of drugs does not a great song make.

This compilation is a bit of a mixed bag, offeringup two very disparate mixes. Although Mills’ mixescan get stodgy at times, it’s worth getting throughfor Cirillo’s competent mixing and unique tuneselection.

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