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Various Artists - Rework - Philip Glass Remixed - (Kora)

Thursday, 06 December 2012 Albums
His New York contemporary Steve Reich has seen his music pass through the remix process on two long playing occasions, so it seems only natural that Philip Glass should join the party. However his approach is a bit different here, for the task of curating the double album of remixes is passed on to Beck. The resultant choice of artists for the mixes is refreshing and original, with Tyondai Braxton (once of Battles) providing a bass fuelled mix of ‘Rubric’, Pantha du Prince taking ‘Mad Rush’ on t...

Various Artists - Secret Love 6 Compiled By Jazzanova - Sonar Kollektiv

Thursday, 29 November 2012 Compilations
For a while in the so-called ‘Noughties’, calendars could be set by the release of another instalment in Sonar Kollektiv’s ‘Secret Love’ series, which seemed designed just for when the cold weather kicked in. After a couple of years’ hiatus it’s back, and the wait has been well worth it, for Jazzanova have clearly been keeping their fingers on the pulse of electronic music that might have folk or disco leanings. Here the songs are key, from the warmly inviting ‘Valley Of Paradise’ of Psychemagik...

Various Artists - All Gone Future Sounds Mixed By Pete Tong & Reboot - Ith / Defected

Thursday, 29 November 2012 Compilations
Pete Tong delivers possibly one of his best ever mixes here, a really substantial set that builds confidently from the cool depths of Frank B’s ‘Chain of Fools’. Early highs come courtesy of Fauvrelle’s winsome ‘Make It Better’ and a captivating remix of Alt-J’s ‘Something Good’ from Tong & Rogers, while the strong finish is down to Loopsize’s ‘Kontrol Punkt’ and Tong’s own ‘Dawn’. Perhaps not surprisingly the mood darkens a bit for Reboot’s set, but it’s a cracking listen once again, with s...

Various Artists - Art Department Social Experiment Sampler - No.19 Music

Thursday, 29 November 2012 Compilations
No.19 has amply proved themselves to be one of the more exciting labels around this year with a great succession of singles to date. This is their last release for 2012 and if anything proves that 2013 may be even more exciting. The three track selection forms the basis of next year’s ‘Social Experiment’ compilation and begins with Art Department’s blissful ‘Insomniac’. A ten minute journey into sound that sees funky bass combine with classic eighties styled keys, along with Kenny Glasgow’s typi...

Various Artists - I Love Techno 2012 Mixed by Erol Alkan - Lektroluv

Thursday, 18 October 2012 Compilations
Ahead of this year's I Love Techno, taking place in November in Ghent, Erol Alkan steps up to deliver this absolute stormer of a compilation. To be honest it's a blast from start to finish, packed with big, booming bass and high energy levels. There are references to techno new and old as Alkan keeps things pumping, with the low voices that exhort the listener to 'move your ass' or 'get up off it' having precisely that effect. Tracks from L-Vis 1990, Duke Dumont ('Street Walker'), Bad News ('Rea...

Various Artists - Annie Mac Presents 2012 - Universal Island

Thursday, 18 October 2012 Compilations
As colourful as its cover, Annie Mac's new double compilation proves that she is definitely one of dance music's leading ladies. She manages to get an energy in to her sets that few people manage to achieve, and she does it in a way that is totally natural, the aim simply to have one massive party. As a result the first mix flies out of the blocks, with some thrilling gear changes later on when Netsky's 'Love Has Gone' takes centre stage. A few high profile remixes are included, with Calvin Harr...

Various Artists - 'Late Night Tales: Metronomy' - (Late Night Tales)

Thursday, 27 September 2012 Compilations
Devon’s finest group are a really good choice for the 29th in the Late Night Tales series, as they’ve already moved about quite a bit stylistically in their three albums so far. Vocalist Joseph Mount is the mainstay of Metronomy, and it’s he that chooses this extremely varied and often invigorating selection, bringing together a number of different musical strands. We get the cosmic jazz of the SA-RA Creative Partners, the smoky soul of Tweet and the wiry violin of Dr Octagon’s ‘Blue Flowers’ – ...

Various Artists - 'Fac.Dance 02 – Factory Records 12” Mixes and Rarities 1980-1987' - (Strut)

Thursday, 27 September 2012 Compilations
This is a fascinating and vital release that documents some of the finest moments in the life of a fledgling label. Tony Wilson wasn’t a man to go for out and out dance music, but what that means is that all the tracks included here can be listened to as well structured mixes on top of their dancing appeal. There are some obscurities here, make no mistake – but the majestic, saxophone-led ‘Blue Roses’ from Dutch group Minny Pops is an early winner, as is the dubby Thick Pigeon track ‘Babcock + W...

Various Artists - 'Hamburg Elektronisch Vol. 02: Von House Zu House' - (Hafendisko)

Thursday, 06 September 2012 Compilations
Last year’s peek beneath the surface of Hamburg electronic music from Hafendisko was a really good eye opener – so much so that for the second volume the label have spread the goodness out to double compilation length. It’s a good move, for there is some high quality music here that shows the German city off as the ideal house complement to Berlin’s techno. Beats are tougher on the second set of unmixed tracks, and the solid deep house from Seidensticker & Salour, Suburb, Kruse & Nuernbe...

Various Artists - 'Road Kill Volumes 1 & 2' - (Hit & Run)

Thursday, 06 September 2012 Compilations
I’d be the first to admit I’m not the world’s authority on hip hop, but this is the best set of compilations I’ve heard in this musical area for some time. The word ‘area’ is used rather than ‘genre’, as it would be unfair to pin these incredibly original and stimulating tracks down to just the one word, for there is some incredible variety to be found in the course of both compilations. There is music of great power particularly on the first CD, where the rolling beats and synth riff are left t...

Various Artists - 'Contemporary' - (Tartelet Records)

Thursday, 19 July 2012 Compilations
Copenhagen label Tartelet Records have sneaked out a gem with this ten track compilation of previously unreleased tracks, designed to reflect their sound of 2012. It’s well planned and executed, with the subtle funk of Muff Deep and Kenton Slash Demon (who are two of When Saints Go Machine) getting us off to an effortless start, the fat bass sound of the latter’s ‘Daemon’ working a treat. Brandt Brauer Frick are included, and their style is easy to spot on ‘Melancholie II’, that familiar way of ...

Various Artists - Air Texture Volume II (Air Texture)

Thursday, 12 July 2012 Compilations
Air Texture Volume II
The Air Textures compilation series is an intriguing one, for it contains little to no beats and hardly any tunes, but it is right up there with some of the best mood music you could hope to hear at the moment. That immediately sounds the warning bell that there might be some pretentious new age music on show, but again that's not the case – just two sets of dreamy, almost weightless shifts of sound that blend in to each other. Loscil chooses the first, which features his own 'Else', a series ...

Various Artists - TV Sound & Image – British Television, Film And Library Composers 1956-80 (Soul Jazz)

Thursday, 12 July 2012 Compilations
TV Sound & Image - Soul Jazz
God knows we need a bit of fun with all that's going on with the banks and everything lately, so here are Soul Jazz filling another gap we never knew existed in the compilation market. The wordy and specific title doesn't give too many clues for the music that follows, a lot of which you'll recognise in an instant without knowing what show it's been on. Brian Fahey's 'At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal' inevitably stands out – the music Alan Freeman's been using for close on half a century to ...

Various Artists - 'Pop Ambient 2012' - (Kompakt)

Thursday, 26 January 2012 Compilations
Pop Ambient 2012
You'll likely be familiar with the format of Kompakt's annual Pop Ambient combination - in which case you'll know it takes the beats away to explore slow moving music for horizontal listening. This year's model sees no reason to change that winning formula, beginning with the weather systems of Mohn's 'Manifesto'. Mohn is a pseudonym of Kompakt co-founder Wolfgang Voigt, who appears under his own name with the less certain 'Rückverzauberung 5', which proves a disorientating listen. The languid g...

Various Artists - 'Toolroom Knights Mixed John Dahlbäck' - (Toolroom Records)

Thursday, 26 January 2012 Compilations
Toolroom Knights - John Dahlback
It's tempting to think that there's nothing more to say through the medium of the mix compilation where house music comes to mind – but as long as there are releases like this then there will always be a call for this formula to continue. The deal is a familiar one, with two sets and 38 tracks, but this is John Dahlbäck we're talking about here, and he gets the juices flowing with pretty much immediate effect. Having set the scene with Lovebirds' sunset moment 'Want You In My Soul' he toughens t...

Various Artists - 'Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits' - (Harmless)

Thursday, 19 January 2012 Compilations
Philadelphia International - The Re-edits (Harmless)
It's worth reading Jay Negron's accompanying note with this release before listening, as he explains the principle of the re-edit in Philly soul - ultimately a technique used by DJs to draw out each song to a longer length, ideally without losing the spirit of the original. Each of the 're-edits' selected here adds a bit of extra production, but nothing that harms the overall effect of the song. So now that's clear, it's easy just to sit back and enjoy two hours of fabulous unmixed music. CD1 ('...

Various Artists - 'Kevin Saunderson In The House' - (Defected)

Thursday, 12 January 2012 Compilations
There's always a frisson of excitement when a big name DJ delivers a new mix for Defected, and Kevin Saunderson is a totally logical choice after helping them see in the new year at the O2 in London. He thinks it's the best mix CD he's ever done, and on hearing the evidence it's difficult to disagree, as CD1 gives plenty of house goodness and CD2 offers a powerful techno set. The house goodness includes a lovely King Britt remix of Jay Haze's ‘I Will Wait For You', with Osunlade and the Jimpster...

Various Artists - Fabric 61 Mixed By Visionquest - (Fabric)

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 Compilations
Visionquest kicks off their Fabric odyssey by telling us 'just relax, man' – the lines from Tin Man's 'Wasteland', which opens the compilation. Atmospherics cross over the sound picture in Konrad Black's deeper than deep 'Doodimbouttogay', while the much vaunted Franco Cinelli remix of Cassius' 'The Sound Of Violence' is a fine addition. What this mix does really well though is showcase the different elements of the Visionquest label, and at the end it really comes into its own with Tale Of Us &...

Various Artists - 'Body & Soul – 15 Years Mixed By Francois K, Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell & Danny Krivit' - (Ministry Of Sound)

Thursday, 01 December 2011 Compilations
VA - Body & Soul
This is a worthy tribute to something of an institution. The Body & Soul nights began right back in 1986 in New York, and were designed to fill a gap on a Sunday morning after the other clubs had finished. Here a starry array of DJ talent unites to remember those times, and on CD1 the happiness quotient is high thanks to Hugh Masekela's 'Don't Go Lose It Baby' and DJ Duke's rolling 'Tribal Journey, not to mention Whitney Houston's 'Love Will Save The Day' and Soft House Company's 'What U Nee...

Various Artists - 'The Sound Of The Twelfth Season Mixed By Sven Väth' - (Cocoon)

Thursday, 24 November 2011 Compilations
Sven Vath - Cocoon
Sven Väth's annual round-up seems to arrive earlier each year – but maybe that's just a sign of getting older! The now legendary spinner is celebrating 30 years as a DJ with this, the Twelfth Season – which has a lot more variety than previous mixes in the series. CD1 ('Night') starts in the murky depths of the DJ Koze remix of Efdemin's 'There Will Be Singing', establishing a deep house template, before the full bodied beats start to assert themselves. Todd Terje's 'Ragysh' is a highlight, with...

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