Various (mixed by Damian Lazarus) - The Other Side - London
Damian Lazarus, DJ and founder of trendy record label, Crosstown Rebels, is the man picking the tunes for the third in The Other Side series. A damn good selection he makes too. There's a heavy electronic bias, but that's not to say this compilation feels narrow in scope, featuring as it does such diverse acts as Roots Manuva, Squarepusher and Yazoo.
It's the sort of project that can be judged on the number of distinguished inclusions which may otherwise have passed one by. It's For You (Rub 'n' Tug Remix), Her Dream (Pulsinger Remix) and Don't Close You Eyes (Adaptor Remix) are potential monsters from the cutting edge of dance that also sound great at home. Eve (Koze Remix) and Drive (Mogwai Remix) are gorgeous slices of downtempo. And, yes, the latter would appear to be a cover of The Cars' song, but Mogwai have treated the vocal and buried it under the sort of celestial ambience one might associate with Spiritualized.
Be warned, however: if you're buying this for the travel feature, at just under 15 minutes, it feels pretty pointless.
Last updated: 19/04/2018 04:55:33