The Mix Collection brand is revived after a decade-and-a-bit slumber, and God only knows why. This is fairly cheap, whereas the first ones were expensive; this one has two CDs, as opposed to the classic three; and this one has a more straight housey feel than the prog/trance sound that was dominant when the first ones came out.
That said, it doesn't sound like it would fit too easily in one of Renaissance's other series either, really, being as it is basically a deep house mix - not something the label has been big on over the years. Danny Howells, one of the prog scene's most reliable and erudite mainstays since his debut opening for Diggers in the late 90s, has rediscovered his disco passion of late, and it's written all over his own productions on here - spacey lead synths, squelchy basslines and a smooth, sultry feel. Disc 2 has a techier vibe, but still avoids going off the minimal deep end - which is nice, because there's only so much ketamine one man can handle.
The only problem with this set is that it's just not as good as his essential mix from a couple of years ago, which was truly spellbinding and the best showcase prog has had for years. Nevertheless, on its own merits, this is a more than competent showcase of the current electronic deep house sound, and wouldn't sound out of place in Ben Watt's excellent Buzzin' Fly series.