Although many are aware of fluoro-topped dance showman Green Velvet and his anthem 'La La Land', maybe not so many know of his long history releasing important second wave Chicago house records under the Cajmere moniker. Hopefully that's all about to change with this new 29-track retrospective. Beginning with his brain-melting debut, "Percolator", we also get treated to sleazy camp "Chit Chat", retro diva house (Deep Sensation - "Get Together"), beautiful ecstasy-house (Johnny Fiasco - "Taurus"), gospel-house ("Feelin' Kinda High"), deep 90s memories (GU - "The Wheel") and the Prince-does-electro-house of "Only 4 U". 20 years on and still sounding fresh!
Over the years, Modeselektor have forged a reputation as fearless innovators, neatly sidestepping genres and frequently confounding critics. It's been some four years since their last full-length, and Monkeytown flits effortlessly between skittish 140 BPM bass music, clandestine electronica, sludgy hip-hop and even warehouse-flavoured tropical rhythms (see "German Clap"). There are some real standouts, including a dreamy, slo-mo pop outing with PVT, two collaborations with Thom Yorke and a droning Anti-Pop Consortium hook-up. Must-check.