Various (mixed by Tom Findlay) - Watch The Ride

Tom Findlay is best known as one half of dance act Groove Armada, and his entry in the Watch The Ride series impresses a lot; at least until the halfway mark. Lindstrøm's atmospheric, midtempo I Feel Space (proving, once more, Scandanavian music is every bit as fanciable as that part of the world's females) is quickly followed by other such aural delights as funky disco number Esto Parese Amor and Chasing My Tail. The latter is by Sugardaddy, Findlay's new project, and, thanks to the driving rock bass, is reminiscent of Death In Vegas.

Unfortunately, the mix loses its grip after that halfway point. Bodzin and Huntemann revisit acid house on Rubin; then every subsequent track seems to have a bouncy bassline but not much in the way of hooks. Findlay's stint on the decks comes to a lively, if rather unexpected, end with Yah, the quickfire female MCing bringing to mind that famous duo of his.

Overall

7

out of 10

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