The Rubicon EP was one of my favourite records of last year & over the last few months, after discovering that there were several more Alan Braxe & Fred Falke EP's out already out there, I've tracked down & bought every other EP of their's that I can lay my hands on! Most of the tracks from those three 12" EP's are featured on this compilation! Everyone knows the Stardust track 'music sounds better with you' (which is included on this compilation). It's one of those tracks that always sounds good no matter how much you hear it & given that it went to the top of the UK pop charts (i think it got to number 1) it was obviously heard a lot! Played to death no doubt but somehow it still sounds as fresh as when it was first heard. That track is a good premise for the rest of the Alan Braxe material on this compilation. All of the music here (with maybe the exception of an included & rather obscure hip-hop production) has the same kind of energy & vibe as that seminal Stardust track. It's uplifiting dance music but without sounding cheesy. It's pumping & full of energy but without sounding crass or resorting to cheep tricks . It's sounds are very 80's orientated & it has a strong Disco vibe running throughout but it manages to keep things sounding fresh & present the whole time. This is really good material. Fans of Metro Area, early (very early!) Daft Punk, French Disco house such as Cassius, music on the brilliant 'Environ' label & basically good solid & fun Disco/House music. The only dissapointment here is that the fantastic 'Chrystal City' track from the Rubicon EP is not included. However, if you can still buy that EP it would be well worth getting just for that track (despite the fact the other two tracks on that EP are both featured on this compilation). Excellent stuff.
Alan Braxe has been one of the most consistent producers on the French house scene for years now and it is great to finally have a compilation of his greatest works. Most people will be familiar with his 1998 collaboration with Thomas Bangalter and Benjamin Diamond under the name Stardust to create (in my opinion) the greatest French house track ever made. But Braxe has been responsible for many other fine tracks and remixes, in particular his work with Fred Falke on tracks such as Intro released in 2001. This album brings together the well known as well as those tracks that may only be familiar to French house fanatics such as myself. If you like your house with an upbeat French flavour then this is the album for you and emplore you to buy it, you won't be disappointed. A must for anyone who holds a candle for Daft Punk, Cassius, Superfunk, Motorbass, Etienne de Crecy, Alex Gopher etc etc etc My one niggle is the exclusion of Chrystal City from the Rubicon release, but what the hell, I've got that anyway!!!!