This comp. is a pretty solid mix of who's who in the world of Electoclash (or New New Wave or Tech-pop or whatever the popular title is this week). A bit darker than Ministry of Sound's 'This is Tech-pop', this mix tends to focus on the dirrty side of things. Darker sounds of lesser-knowns like Alpinestars, Fat Truckers, Tok Tok and David Carreta mix in nicely with scene stalwarts FC Kahuna, Felix, Tiga, Miss Kitten, Green Velvet, etc.
Nice surprises include Peaches (who gets overlooked too often) and Adult., who are finally on track with something other than a remix of someone else. Another plus is that these are very close to the full single releases, more so than other comps that compress everything down to just the bare minimum in order to fit eighteen to twenty tracks on a disc. This stuff ain't bubblegum, radio-formatted tracks that last exactly three and a half minutes, and fittingly these songs are not forced into that mold. 12 songs per disc. No More, no less.
Drawbacks? Yeah, a few.
One: Some different mixes would have been aces. I already have the regular versions of 'La La Land', 'Rippin Kitten', 'Sunglasses', and the Royksopp remix of 'What does it feel like' on countless other comps. I would have liked to have seen new mixes (There are tons of other mixes in rotation in the boxes. Dig, people! Find me fresh and new).
Two: Fischerspooner "Emerge". Whoever mixed this thing pitched it WAY too far down. I understand that in order to mix smoothly it becomes necessary to pitch tracks in order to smooth betwwen them in a non-jarring fashion. However, the only way Fischerspooner would sound like this is if they'd spent a week sans sleep, taking handfuls of Valium and then performing in a vat of molases. It sounds awful.
Three: The sticker price. Were it not an import, this would be about twelve to fifteen dollars less. And at that price, I would say pick it up, no doubt. However, as is, at that price, and considering that there are several locally produced comps that are at least as solid (Larry Tee's, the aforementioned Ministry comp, Ultra's 80's VS. Electro), I can't whole-heartedly recommend it.