Music is Pumping – Review of Body Combat release 41

Well this release has certainly received mixed reactions from participants in sunny Scotland. In some clubs people have welcomed Body Combat release 41 with noisey enthusiasm but in others you can see disapproval etched on their faces. I haven’t experienced such an array of differing opinions since the Great Ginga Revolution that took place during BC32 when some people threatened to boycott classes unlessĀ I mixed the Ginga out.

Review of Body Combat release 41

Upper Warm Up (Dragostea Din Tei): I must admit that when I first heard the music for the upper body warm up, my opinion was that it was the worst piece of music to appear in Body Combat since Natha and Gabby inflicted “Mi Perro Dinamita” by Patricio Rey y Los Redonditos de Ricota, on us during release ten. By the time I actually did the track at the QW it had annoyingly hooked itself into my brain and I found myself humming it to myself whilst waiting for the train, or worse singing “Maya HI Maya HA” in public places. I warmed to it a little, but that warmth has been cooled again by the constant looks of disbelief on people’s faces. The choreography is fine – and it is nice to see a combo in the warm up.

Lower body warm up (My Life Would Suck Without You): I have liked this Kelly Clarkson song for a while so it is good to hear it here. Simple moves and a good amount of movement warms the body up quickly. I can’t work out the words but in the chorus it sounds like she’s singing ; “I’ve got a piece of meat; and a head on a stick”

Combat 1 (Music is Pumping: A jazzed up version of Blood is Pumping from BC20 with some nice moves and a great way to compare the snapping front kick and the push front kick. The world is full of pushy people and snappy people. Are you a snapper or a pusher? Nice little track – but probably a bit too short.

Power 1 (Slow and Steady Rush): I love the music and the moves. The contrast between the speed of the jab jab upper and the power of the four hooks is strong and gives a good coaching focus. The stomp jabs can tire people out if they get their knees up their nose. And then it all tumbles down into that quiet recovery bit in the middle. It doesn’t feel as if we need a break at this point and the action suffers as a result. Once it gets going again though it is relentless – especially in the last section.

Combat 2 Enter Sandman/Boom): Not the best version of Enter Sandman but nice to use the Exit Light Enter Night lyrics – especially in clubs where half of the room like the lights dimmer than the other half. The first part of this track feels like they rejected it as a Combat 1. The double-handed plyo-push is interesting and you definitely want to show it on a real target. The second half of the track (Boom – here comes the boom) starts with intense jump kicks and the Ginga is subtly layered in almost as an after thought so that it isn’t the focus. They handle the return of the Evasive Side Kick very well. Such a shame that this wasn’t the way it was originally introduced in Amadeus back in BC30 (a track which I thought was awesome BTW and still stacks up in my opinion as the best ESK track to date) – when Dan and Rach were jumping very high and scaring everyone! This time it is manageable at all levels and the focus is on the power of the kick.

Power 2 (Ballroom Blitz): Short, sharp and gets the heart rate really pumping fast. The moves do feel a little awkward on the beat for some reason and I have found that this is another track in this release that seems to polarise opinion into opposing love it and hate it camps.

Combat 3 (Let Me Entertain You): Very similar to Shut up and Drive from a few releases ago. The kicks are powerful and the concept of three enemies and the directions of the strikes to defeat all three of them is good and you can have fun with the cues – but overall it feels a bit dull. I almost feel that when you get to the full combo you want to do it non-stop.

Muay Tai (Desolation Row): Another piece of music that has divided opinion coupled with the slower paceĀ  than other Muay Tai tracks makes this track stand out in good and bad ways. I like the moves and the slower pace allows for much more power and precision. I also like rock music – but I have seen some angry looks on people’s faces during this one.

Power 3 What Do You Want from Me?): Stand out track of the release for me. Relentless moves – especially if you coach up through 4 levels in the last combo. Driving, pumping music this is a classic Dan and Rachael track 8. Great Stuff.

Conditioning (Right Round): Nice circular moves and it builds into low-key agony in the abs as you progress through the moves so that the shift to press ups is almost a relief.

Cooldown (Halo): Body Balance takes over from Combat. Sphinx, child’s pose, cat stretch, down dog, twisting lunges – feels like Dan and Rach have been having a beer with Doctor Dave. I lovely cooldown and a good job I like the music because it is also going to be in the next Balance release!

It was always going to be difficult to top the 10th anniversary release and this doesn’t quite rise to the challenge. Whilst it is a good work out and it is great to see the Evasive Side Kick back – the mixed reactions from participants to some of the music in this release has taken the edge off it for me.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.