Various - Electro-fied
Electro house seemingly bridges the gap between commercial and cool right now, and in Electro-fied comes a decent taster of the genre. There are credible hits here from Bodyrox and Mylo, as well as remixes of other artists' big tunes (which work with varying degrees of success). Jacques Lu Cont's remix of Mr Brightside is (thankfully) far better than anything The Killers have ever turned in on their own. At the other end of the spectrum is Tom Neville's remix of The Feeling's Love It When You Call, though respect to whoever came up with such a bizarre idea. What next? Westlife go drum 'n' bass?
These are interspersed between less recognisable sounds, at least for committed chart watchers. Cicada’s The Things You Say (Dirty South Remix) and Freeform Five’s No More Conversations (Mylo Remix) are examples of the genre at its most samplable; melodic, yet with a hard, digital edge. Elsewhere, The Knife's Like A Pen and Trentemoller’s remix of What Else Is There bring some Scandanavian strangeness to the party. (In my house, that's more welcome than Girls Aloud, each with a crate of beer.) Add the likes of Tiga, Thomas Anderson, The Egg (fortunately minus David Guetta) and a couple of tracks from the brilliant Booka Shade and you have a rare pile ‘em high dance compilation which doesn’t embarrass.