Legendary Dutch dance duo Chocolate Puma craft a two-disc mix spanning house, techno and everything in-between.
Gaston Steenkist and René ter Horst - aka Chocolate Puma - are two of Holland's most celebrated electronic producers. With a career spanning 20 years, 200-odd releases, two significant UK chart hits ('Give It Up' and 'I Wanna Be U') and countless remixes under their various guises they are a duo whose influence on the European dance music scene cannot be overstated.
Their latest project is an In The House mix for Defected, a compilation which represents the culmination of a life spent in and around house music. Including tracks from Chez Damier, Ben Westbeech, Claude von Stroke, Kraak & Smaak, Gregor Salto and many more, Chocolate Puma have remixed and re-edited almost every track, with an end result halfway between mix compilation and artist album.
The result is a concerted effort to convey the feeling of a Chocolate Puma live set. "Back in the day a DJ could take you anywhere, from deep vocal stuff to bumping MK tracks to the harder hardfloor acid and we would just call it 'House'" explains Gaston. "We still hold to that philosophy and our DJ sets are still all over the place, as we think that's far more exciting than just to stick to one style." It's an outlook that is demonstrated across both discs of the mix. With various genres cobbled together it's an approach that in unskilled hands could end up being an indistinct, schizophrenic mess; in this case it's anything but.