By the way, I presume "IOTDXI" is "In Order to Dance 2011" not VOLUME 11? By my calculation this is, in fact, only volume 7 - albeit we've had a 15 year wait since volume 6. Anyway, the IOTD series was, along with the Tresor compilations and others, once an easy way of bringing your record collection bang up-to-date. Whilst this new volume, is very good in parts, there's nothing that really grabs you, nothing in the same league as say, Beltram's "Energy Flash" or Aphex Twin's "Didgeridoo" (but then again, what is?).
Don't get me wrong, there's some really good stuff on here, in particular Pariah as R&S's answer to Burial, Space Dimension Controller, Blawan and special mention must go to a chap called Nathan Boddy who I didn't previously know but, whose name seems to crop up on all the best tracks (check, for example, The Chain's "Suffer For Your Art"). Although, the quality's consistently high, there's nothing as arresting, as raw or as dangerous as, say, what's on the 5 : Five Years Of Hyperdub
compilation from a few years back. For me, the sound is too restrained, dare I say it too mainstream? It may be my age - this record may well sound better to people less well-versed in the ways of techno than me (after all, years ago I remember thinking myself that Pink Floyd fans who slagged off New Order were just past it) but I do get the impression that R&S these days have become a feeder label for crossover dance artists such as James Blake and Delphic (remember them?) rather than concentrating on cutting edge output. Still, I respect them for doing it the hard way and largely ignoring their legacy (okay so Model 500 are on here, though in radically remixed form) and focussing on the new talent, but there's nothing that is (quite) the must-have quality of say Burial, Actress or Rustie.
3.5/5 - there's enough on here to make me stay tuned for volume 8 (or should that be 12?)