I usually cringe when I'm given a dance album from someone I've never heard of. All too often, DJs-come-producers pump out a debut of sterile tracks they themselves would have better taste than to spin, either as a vain attempt to have others recognize them as real artists or out of some ingrained, instinctual habit. However, on a rare occasion, someone like Stephen Beaupré comes along. Having been a player in the Montreal scene for over a decade as himself and half of Crackhaus, his solo debut has been a long time in coming. Foe Destroyer, a term referring to a Buddhist who has surpassed the delusions of worldly existence, comes on like a normal house album but something progresses in each track to squarely place an "intelligent" in front of his "dance music." The opening "Dark Water" centers around chippy bongos and a happy 4/4 beat, but eerie synth strings practically lifted from Plaid's Greedy Baby gives the track the necessary emotional depth to spread appeal evenly between the nightclub and the living room. "Les Filles" hits the next level when the harder second bassline kicks in half way through, thus changing the meaning of the previously established warp subbase. It's a complete package. Listen to Foe Destroyer and know that Oakenfold is just a bitter old hack going through the motions on the way to the bank. Mutek is where the passion is.