Various - Exploited presents: Shir Khan - Maximize!

Maximize! suggests a DJ with attention deficit disorder. Forget smooth transitions between tracks and a slow ramping up of excitement. Shir Khan has a bunch of wild tunes from across the dance spectrum and beyond (the press release mentions "electro, baile funk, new wave, techno and punk") that he wants to share.

Highlights include the speaker-wasting Rainbow Man from Ed Banger boss, Busy P; Riot In Belgium's La Musique (Adam Sky Rmx), a clash of old skool house piano and electro-punk vocal; and Just Ghetto, Crookers' dancefloor cut-up of Corinne Bailey Rae's Like A Star (oh yes, better than it sounds on paper).

Two inclusions register somewhere off the mental scale. A three way mash-up of Yeehaw! Humans Is Target, Frau and Sex-O-Matic defies categorisation. I shall say only that there are some funky horns and lots of shouting in various languages. Sinden & Count Of Monte Cristal's Tamborzuda (Rave New World Mix) is part crazy bass monster (with more foreign language shouting over the top) and part keyboard riff which resembles that from 2 Unlimited's No Limit. These are the kind of tracks that will have you either jumping around like a three year old on a diet of Smarties, Turkey Twizzlers and Coca Cola or wanting to perform a "Van Gogh" times two.

More recognisable material comes in the form of Simian Mobile Disco remixing The Go! Team's Ladyflash and a guitar-licked cover version of Daft Punk's Around The World. Occasionally Maximize! meanders, but, when it works, it's as thrilling, inventive and fun a mix as you're likely to hear this year.

Overall

7

out of 10

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