A definitive review,
This review is from: Electro: the Definitive Electro and Hip Hop Collection (Audio CD)
I have reviewed a number of Streetsounds albums on Amazon based on my own collection from back in the day. I stumbled over this album some years ago and was totally surprised that it had been released as it had been sometime since a new Electro had been available. I have read the other reviews on this and am fairly disappointed with the negatives.
Heres what I agree with, the mixing is not of the same style as the original series but then why should it be, this is a modern album using 20 year old material and of course DJ Swerve is going to have his own ideas on how to put them together.
The number of tracks is a lot more than usual, 7" versions or not, this is after all a definitive collection it says so on the cover. Electro 13 had a tonne of tracks on it, Crucial Electro 3 the same not to mention New York vs LA beats and they were all restricted by the time constaints of vinyl.
Interestingly no one has pointed out the the cover art is typically not retro Electro style, but who cares.
All that aside, what do you actually get? Well, it is a defintive collection of good tunes that repesented the Electro genre from the 80's. It is a Streetsounds album of merit as it feels of the time with the twist of a new flavour. To be honest I don't want to hear my old albums when I buy a new one, I want to hear new versions of the old, mixes done in different ways, forgotten gems resurected for a modern listener. There is no injustice here, this is a good representation of a time long forgotten.
So why the four stars? Nothing is perfect, not all the content is great in my opinion, but thats the point of a compilation and all told its a well executed mix of some old skool greats. Its just a shame that the cover art is so radically different to the original series but that is just my opinion.