The mysterious Michael E arrived from Detroit with a bang last year, releasing two EPs on Starchild. Now Jimmy Edgar's label has tapped him for a so-called "retrospective". With no real information available on the producer's background, it is necessary to judge just the music itself: "Cake" is a grungy, grimy acid groove, while "Ponybit" sees the US producer drop a filtered, skeletal techno track, full of reverberated drops. However, the prevalent sound here is the 303, and this is articulated on the dank rhythm and militaristic claps of "Give Me (The Beat)" and the tripped out, layered "Basic Number". It's one of the most exhilarating collections of acid tracks you'll find this year or any other for that matter.