Review: Just look at this tracklist; 21 reminders of how crucial Skint's role has been over the last 20 years of dancefloor heritage. Selected by Spanish producer Affkt, each one revisits a different dance destination; Fatboy's formative big beat epiphanies, Radio Slave's early techno excursions, Noisia's groundbreaking adventures into the electro field, Spada's acid analogies and Audiofly's one-way ticket to dreamy psychedelia. Each track is an exciting chapter in both Skint's repertoire and house music's never ending story: this is one essential history lesson.
Review: Last Christmas Strictly Breaks treated us to the killer first instalment of this compilation series, and this year, it seems, Christmas has come early. There are many things you can say about Jay Z, none is truer than the fact that when it comes to samples, the man has serious taste. These albums simply add up to great genre-spanning history lessons, and here we get essential electro gems by Zapp and Kraftwerk, vintage Egyptian crooning (Abdel Halim Hafez), sultry funk (Commodores) and even the British musicals of Lionel Bart!
Review: Some years back, Laurent Garnier's F Communications label released a series of compilations under the title "Megasoft Office". These gathered together deep, groovy and downtempo cuts that made an excellent musical accompaniment to your working day. Irma's latest collection, "Work With Balearic Music", takes a similar approach. Wisely, the storied label group has dipped into their archive of original Balearic-era Italian productions, offering up dream house classics and rarities from the likes of Keys & Tronics Ensemble, Montego Bay, Belladonna, Don Carlos, Notenshun and Soft House Company. Throw in some jazzy downtempo grooves and a handful of recent productions and you have an expansive, on-point set rich in classic cuts.