Nearly a decade old at this point, Michael Mayer's first mix with the Kompakt label is still an excellent example of how beautifully done minimal tech-house can be. In a genre known -- at its worst -- for being grating, lazy, or repetitive, Mayer's mix is a seductively dreamy combination of songs, arranged and layered with a velvety finish that is, from beginning to end, nearly perfect.
I have only one beef with the mix, and that's with the transition into "Perfect Lovers," the tenth song on the disc. Up to this point, the set has been pretty much seamless, with a lot of intriguing shapes and contours to the sonic topography. "Deeper" provides one of the clearest high points on the disc, but so does "Psychometry," an otherworldly track with ominous undertones. Unfortunately, this excellent track is faded nearly to silence before "Perfect Lovers" rises to prominence, creating the effect that the mix has completely ended before beginning anew. It's a jarringly spaced transition that deflates the energy of the set.
Even this wouldn't be so bad if "Perfect Lovers" wasn't such an annoying song. It starts out alright, if not a little tepid, but the vocals, when they come on, are atrocious. Making it worse, this is the longest track on the album, clocking in at almost ten minutes. After this, things get back on track with the final three songs, but this wart of a song definitely mars the harmonious pastiche of the rest of the record.
Definitely worth a buy -- especially considering how rare it is to find these days -- but be ready for that one niggling bump in the otherwise creamy luster of the album.