Various - Bugged Out! Classics

Legendary (and somewhat suggestively titled) club night Bugged Out! was founded in 1994. Through the years, it has moved from Sankeys in Manchester through Nation in Liverpool to London's Fabric and The End, where it has stayed put since 2002.

These three discs offer a look back at some of the music that made the nights. They teem with all sorts of dancefloor life, stretching from big mid-nineties tunes (Chemical Beats, Slam's Positive Education) to material by current hip acts like Justice and Simian Mobile Disco. Bugged Out! embraces in its sweaty arms "big beat", techno, house, electro and end of session chillout. Ulrich Schnauss' remix of Love Movement is particularly blissful in this respect. Also included are the obligatory remixes of rock tracks; Franz Ferdinand's Do You Want To actually being turned into something bearable - no, make that bloody marvellous - by Erol Alkan. Stardust's Music Sounds Better With You and Mylo's Drop The Pressure even DJ Sammy fans will recognise, although this compilation is, thankfully, not aimed at such people. This is music to get dirty to, music that has quite probably acted as catalyst to near apocalyptic levels of mentalism.

A good smattering of these tunes could uncontroversially be called classics. (Let's begin with Da Funk...) Much of the rest are ripe for discovery or rediscovery. Have a look at the track listing. If you don't own most of them, well, you should.

Overall

8

out of 10

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