Various (mixed by Boys Noize) - Bugged Out! presents Suck My Deck

On his first mix album, Berlin DJ, Alex Ridha (aka Boys Noize), plays with a fast-cutting style. Just as you're getting into a track, usually around the two minute mark, it will be mashed with something else or discarded completely. (Thirty-four tunes in eighty minutes; do the maths!) Couple this with a frequently too-cool-for-melody attitude and you have a disc that casual listeners will probably find infuriating.

The usual trendy French artists (SebastiAn, Thomas Bangalter, Justice) are present and correct. Yet the most welcome inclusions (see: D.I.M's Is You, DJ Koze's Don't Feed The Cat, Outlander's The Vamp) have an old skool vibe, with enough breakbeats, squelchy acid noise and piano to have you throwing shapes while listening to your iPod on the bus. Boys Noize also throws in a couple of recognisable quasi-crowd-pleasers (Laurie Anderson's cult number 2 hit, O Superman, and Reel 2 Real's I Like To Move It); just don't expect them to stay on the decks for long.

Overall

7

out of 10

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