The artists associated with Germany's Force-Inc. electronic music empire have generally been associated (at least, as of late), with all things minimal and glitchy. As a techno/house dj, whose experiences have taken him deep into the dance music underground, I can attest that they haven't always been very dj friendly. Obviously, with the willfully experimental Mille Plateaux and Rittornell imprints, this isn't an issue. But with their square aim for dancefloor functionality, the Force Trax/ Force-Inc. vinyl releases have sometimes lacked the requisite punch and/or swing. Many of these tracks make great dj tools, but must have a bassier record quickly dropped beneath them to pick up the energy. Which, in a roundabout way, brings us to this disc. On "Composure", the first volume of the Forcelab Edition, dj/producer Algorithm has sampled loops from dozens of Force Trax releases, and recomposed them into a rich, satisfying continuous mix. While retaining these artists' unconventional approach to tech-house structures, the thick layers of effects-treated loops fit together like a tightly woven carpet of microscopic beat squiggles and humming melodic backdrops. Make no mistake: the glitch is in full effect, with the majority of high end percussion sounds being the familiar clicks and pops that have swarmed over the electronica landsacpe like ants on e. However, rather than being allowed to bounce around in the typical sparse spaces of clickhouse minimalism, they've packed themselves onto a sweaty dancefloor where everyone's grooving elbow to elbow, but nobody collides. Although the majority of the mix is given over to great terraces of slithering funk, things are pared down a bit by the disc's conclusion, where the skeletal loops are allowed space for polyrhythmic juxtapositions not afforded by the seamless jigsaw constructions of some denser stretches. When all is said and done, this mix reaffirms the recombinatory possibilities of minimal techfunk. It's even inspired me to dig into my record crates for those pristine Forcetrax platters, and reconsider their potential role in a dancefloor journey.