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Dance - Released January 1, 1998 | London Music Stream

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Dance - Released October 14, 2013 | Southern Fried Records

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House - Released May 17, 1996 | Henry Street Music

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Dance - Released May 17, 2014 | Henry Street - INgrooves

On Old School Junkies: The Album, Van Helden adopts the aesthetic of old-school hip-hop and funk, but he adds a distinctly post-acid house flavor to the recipe, creating a thick, funky amalgam of contemporary and classic dance styles. Throughout the album, Van Helden keeps the groove going, making Old School Junkies an infectious slice of club music. © Leo Stanley /TiVo
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Dance - Released September 11, 2020 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Electronic - Released March 5, 2020 | Parametric

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House - Released September 20, 1996 | Henry Street Music

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Dance - Released March 30, 2018 | All Around The World

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House - Released November 25, 2016 | Spinnin' Records

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Dance - Released September 29, 2017 | All Around The World

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House - Released May 15, 2020 | Ultra Records

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House - Released December 3, 2014 | Eightball Records Digital

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Dance - Released July 23, 2013 | Ultra Records, LLC

You would've made 2004's New York: A Mix Odyssey too if you were a former world-class house DJ who no one had heard from in a while. It was obvious, shameless, and pandering (electroclash, new wave -- all the easy marks), but it was also the jam. 2005's Nympho is equally shameless, and it gives even more props to the kind of dirty sex where no one knows anyone else's name. The big Mix Odyssey hit single "Hear My Name" is reprised, and Van Helden taps Spalding Rockwell again for the less successful, weird femme-Ministry thump of "Jenny." Evidently Mary Louise Perlman and Nicole Lombardi weren't available for "Come Play with Me" -- it features vocals from Misshapes models Créme Blush, instead. But it doesn't really matter who's singing on Nympho, from Van Helden himself (as Virgin Killer) to Aussie/New Yorker Jessy Moss, because the album is unblinking in its meaning. This music is about new positions and plunking cowbells, and guitar chords ringing out over insistent house hi-hats. Persistent, too, in the case of the incessantly repetitive "When the Lights Go Down" and "Into Your Eyes." It really feels like Van Helden isn't trying very hard with Nympho -- any DJ with record-collection savvy and downtown connections might make the same record, and speaking of Ministry's heyday, some of Nympho could even be My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. (See "Juicy Juicy.") But like he did with Mix Odyssey, Van Helden makes you forget the music's repetitive shamelessness in favor of getting sweaty in an underlit upstairs club somewhere, or even trying to emulate the activities the songs suggest. If that's the case, you're going to need a stretch limo, unisex lingerie, and a PA system that's all volume and treble. © Johnny Loftus /TiVo
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House - Released November 30, 2009 | Strictly Rhythm Records

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Electronic - Released May 7, 2020 | Parametric

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Dance - Released October 30, 2020 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Dance - Released March 29, 2009 | Southern Fried Records

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Dance - Released July 23, 2013 | Ultra Records, LLC

The title Ghettoblaster says it all, and with it Armand Van Helden blasts back through the club scene's past, across a dozen freestyling tracks. Retro is the key theme here, even the song titles evoke yesteryear -- "A Track Called Jack," "Je T'aime," "To Be a Freak," as Van Helden not only resurrects the sounds of the past, but deliriously mashes them together. "Go Crazy!" sets the stage with propulsive beats and the synth stabs so popular in their late-'80s day that they even infested the Jamaican dancehall; with its funky, faux bassline, exultant vocals from Majida, and a new wave-y synth line, this is house as it never was, but always seemed to be. As exuberantly old-school as that is, "Touch Your Toes" has it beat, a hip-hop, scratch-laden anthem driven by a bassline even fatter than Fat Joe, who with B1 gets the exercise class rocking. Both of those are originals. "I Want Your Soul," in contrast, is an inspired adaptation of "Do You Want It Right Now," where new wave meets hands-in-the-air house. Back in the Big Apple, music flows from every neighborhood, creating a stew of sounds all its own, and "NYC Beat" captures the nitty-gritty feel of the city, powered by a lethal bassline, shout-along Ramones style vocal samples, and a rocking new wave infected melody line. That quartet of songs supply the blueprint for the rest of the set, as Van Helden careens between new wave, early house, funk, and soul, occasionally sprinkling the set with a carnival feel courtesy of the cowbells. The cut and paste "This Ain't Hollywood" is sure to impress, the kaleidoscope styled "Still in Love" equally so, while "Je T'aime"'s down and dirty rhythm and fat, funky bassline will have the whole house shaking. However, in places Ghettoblaster suffers from the same problems that bedeviled the extended remixes that proliferated in the new wave scene: what sounded great for three minutes became interminable after four. High scores for accuracy then, but a few points docked for lack of imagination. Overall, however, this is an extremely clever, fun-infested set, with Van Helden effortlessly evoking specific styles and songs with a single note or beat. Old-school fans will have a field day, while the younger generations should find this trip down memory lane just as entertaining. © Jo-Ann Greene /TiVo
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Electronic - Released May 18, 2004 | Nervous Records

House DJ Armand Van Helden slices and dices on the electronica set Innovators Series: Armand Van Helden 1. Van Helden's signature tight progressive house mixes things up on tracks from Kim English, Veda Simpson, and Jungle Juice. © MacKenzie Wilson /TiVo
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Dance - Released July 23, 2013 | Ultra Records, LLC