This faultless celebration of dance music's most important names since Kraftwerk demonstrates the diversity and imagination that it is possible to produce within the much maligned genre.
Kicking off with three singles off their fine debut album 'Exit planet dust',this CD continues to impress with the excellent Noel Gallagher collaboration 'Setting sun', the classic 'Block rockin beats' and the otherworldy 'Private psychadelic reel' off the superb 'dig your own hole' album.
The pattern here at this point begins to prove how Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons are peerless singles artists,dance music or not.
The award winning(courtesy of Q magazine) Surrender album from 1999 is also their best,as it contains the second Gallagher featured track 'Let forever be'(a blatant nod to the beatles' 'Tomorrow never knows'),the mind-altering 'Hey boy hey girl' and the infectious 'out of control'.Their criticised follow-up,'come with us' gives us the underrated 'Star guitar' and the well meaning but overlong 'the test',featuring Richard Ashcroft from the Verve on vocal duties.The two new tracks here are no match for the earlier stuff,Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips proves he really can't sing on 'The golden path',but 'Get yourself high' is better,a successful effort at replicating Paul Oakenfold's starry eyed surprise single.
Overall,absolutely classic stuff from the duo who even rock muisc fans truly admired.If you don't have any of the albums mentioned above,then this is an essential purchase.