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This review is from: Mexico City: Compiled By Adam Freeland (Limited Edition) (Audio CD)
after a short period when it seemed the only DJ in boxed's rolodex was the reliably unreliable Nick Warren (and boys, give the keys to Jody Wisternoff one of these days, he's leaving poor old Nick biting his dust), and Sharam's snooze of a mix last year, we have something of a return to form here. Freeland drops GU's most...fashionable CD for years.
It's funny to think that the whole buzzy fuzzy electro-house thing has never really landed on GU, even as it landed on absolutely everything else, but Disc 1 here is really the first wall to wall festival of self-consciously dirty stuff they've thrown at us at all - a mixed blessing, being as it is one of those styles that you tire of after about 45 minutes unless it's on a really beefy system. There are some good tunes - Carl Craig's mix of "In The Trees" is pretty damn scary, near-Throbbing-Gristle stuff. But it just all gets a bit dull by the end.
CD2 has been much touted, by Mr Freeland as much as anybody else, as showcasing a brand new style known only as "e-drone". In normal people language, this seems to translate as "mid-tempo indie rock tracks played by any DJ not famed for playing mid-tempo indie rock tracks". If the novelty value is overrated, however, the sound itself is not - it's about time somebody realised that you don't need James Murphy to have at an indie track before you can dance to the damn thing. All that time we were suffering the Rapture and Radio 4, and I guess it was always going to take a breaks jock to realise that this stuff was much funkier before it decided to "get funky". Upshot is, there as some fabulous guitar pop moments (the Silversun Pickups track in particular), given the coherence they deserve, and finding themselves implicated by association with the likes of James Holden.
A decent package all round.