Is this the best tech-house mix of the last 5 years? Yes, it probably is. Lapsed prog hero Fortier has managed (for the most part) to avoid losing all the things that made prog good - which is to say, this is serious, austere, melancholic and not at all full of love. And there are very few overly obnoxious basslines too.
disc 1 is basically the "house mix" - after Global Communications lush and lovely "The Deep", we whip through some interesting, clattering techno tracks, then a bit of microhouse. The !!! track is a bit anticlimactic, but what can one do? overall very interesting.
disc 2 is what takes the cake. Wall to wall techno, pretty much - with an abiding mood of existential despondency. It throbs, it clicks, it owns. Standout tracks are Jussi-Pekka's gently paranoid "Propaganda", and Luca Rodenbusch's offerings. Just a classic stretch of dance music. And as a special bonus, you get a disc of straight-up electro, which doesn't really do it for me - but then i wasn't There, thus i Don't Understand.