At last, I offer a new mix -- almost 90 minutes of late-'80s/early-'90s midtempo dance music that I call:
No Enigma (right click + download)
It's so named because I could not bring myself to include anything from the weird drum-machine druids that helped define the sound I'm exploring here. They seem crucial and yet...well, go back and try listening to them. You get pan flutes. I'm sparing you.
Anyway, I think it was really interesting that for a stretch of time, post-disco dance music was not really defined by its tempo (this mix doesn't get faster than 116 BPM and mostly hovers around 105). It's definitely similar to Cosmic in that way, although I think I kind of like this take on slowed-down dance even more because it seems trashier. Basically, this is the sound of malls and cassingles to me. Obviously, it all holds a very, very significant place in my heart.
Track list after the jump! Don't be too pissed about me leaving out M/A/R/R/S' "Pump Up the Volume" and Maxi Priest's "Close to You." I just wasn't feeling them. You can be a little pissed, though since I know you care so much about my track list!