Symbolic of the filthy deep, Lawler - once again - satisfies us with his charm. Lights Out 2, the second in a series from Global Underground, grows into a steady pulse and requires of you a certain dedication to a journey that, once removed, will be with you forever.
CD1 eases you gently into the tribal tang of Lawler's promise. As soon as the bass kicks in in Track 2, Zulu Nation, you'll feel a safety net and know that the next two hours are going to be memorable. Arriving at track 4 you'll find more of a sense of purpose with a solid beat to carry you through; but check out some of the melodic twists in Audio Fly's remix of Live Love! The industrial sounds in Paul Johnson's Follow This Beat complement the unclean edge that is so conventional in Lawler's style and which lends itself to the remainder of this warm-up disc - cop a load of the old Commodore 64 sounds in Polekat's Dancing Queen.
The highlight of CD2 is every track! Of course, you'll have your favourites, but there isn't a single filler here; and by the time you get to Tide of Dreams by Prophets of Sound you'll feel blessed with an overload of rapture. There's more grit here than the Gobi dessert and there are some fine examples of vibrant basslines supported by a persistent thump and embellished with aptly tuned percussion (try out tracks 4-6).
Steve's mixing is more silky than Lights Out 1, boosting the sense of his progressive voyage; and Jaydee's Plastic Dreams provides a fitting climax to a sleek collection of treasured anthems. I'm reluctant to say that it's better than Lights Out 1, but if anything it's just as good.