1: Royksopp: What Else Is There? (Vitalic Mix) (Wall Of Sound)
On-a roll French star Vitalic sprinkles some of his magic yet again, creating an energy packed, dance floor friendly electro-tech-pop anthem that effortlessly outshines the original as well as all the other remixes.
Beginning with a simple insistent high energy kick drum which layers up logically, progressively and relentlessly, he introduces and somehow enhances the songs highly catchy melody and vocal delivering a mix thatsboth instantly accessible and immediately effective. A winner.
2: John Dahlback: Man From The Fall (Systematic)
20 year old Swedish producer John Dahlback is the cousin of acclaimed Scandinavian techno king Jesper, though judging by the quality of his debut album, Man From The Fall, Jesper will be soon be better known as Johns relation.
Containing 15 tracks of what John describes as dirty but clean minimal-ish electro house, the album occupies the fertile territory currently favoured by the likes of Tiefschwarz, with a distinctly Germanic touch adding to its all-round appeal.
Ooh I E and My Love For Machines, in particular, are top quality stand out tracks, well worth checking out, both for listening and DJing. Release date is
3: The Prodigy: Their Law- The Singles: 1990-2005 (XL Recordings)
With The Prodigys glory days almost certainly now behind them, a greatest hits compilation is both timely and illuminating, refocusing attention on the group who became the biggest band to emerge from rave culture.
In 1992, Mixmag dubbed them the only techno outfit with the legs to put together a whole album, while by 1995, Guinnness Encylopedia of Rave described them as representing the vanguard of the UKs hard dance scene. In between theyd released two fantastic albums Experience and Music For The Jilted Generation and morphed into the best live act on the rave circuit, paving the way for their last seriously quality record Fat Of The Land, which signalled the turning point in the bands previously ever expanding fortunes.
And Their Law maps their career progression precisely, rave anthems like One Love and Out Of Space still rocking out alongside monster anthems No Good and Smack My Bitch Up, though sadly showing up the feebleness of recent tunes like Girls and Spitfire from Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Worth it if youre strapped for cash, though buying all three first albums makes sense if you can.
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)