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DJ Jackie Christie
MADE 4 U
(Radikal)

There have been many female disco DJs but not a lot in the more cultish world of house music. Into this hitherto all-male miniverse steps Jackie Christie with a debut CD full of diva voices, deep beats, gospel singing, and just enough trance electronica to give it all a touch of irony. The only false note here is the way she sometimes brings house musicís queer eye to the fore. The beauty of house is to make this eye a lens through which all of houseís worldwide fans ó many of them mainstream kids, and pop ó can see themselves. Still, one of the CDís gayest songs, drag-queen Lady Bunnyís "Itís Tonight," talks up the disco life (looking good, feeling even gooder) in a way, and with a gentle high voice, that every dancer will say "Yeah!" to. Christieís song selections and her sequencing of them owe a lot to David Morales, houseís most tuneful and ebullient DJ. And if her laid-back mixes lack the intensity of his, her gentleness allows the dancers to loosen up as they move from beat solos to vocal celebrations ó something too often missing in todayís "trance" sessions ó and back again. Best tracks: "Beautiful Day," the streetwise "Dirty Anthem," the title song, and, yes, Lady Bunnyís "Itís Tonight."

BY MICHAEL FREEDBERG


Issue Date: November 12 - 18, 2004
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