Age and countless reviews have worn down my enthusiasm for yet another dance mix. As compilations roll off the production lot in huge numbers, it's hard not to get jaded. Thus, just when it appears DJ's have forgotten how to craft original party sets, DJ Dan releases "Funk the System." Not a string of hard and fast numbers, he connects today's sound to the funk and disco of years past to concoct a groovin' wonder. "Acid Attack" states the funk mantra and gets things started , using a Run DMC sample and (like it says) acid sounds. Not bad, but just a warmer for Stacy Kidd's beautifully simple, "Do Want You Feel," built on- if memory serves me- a Kool & the Gang sample. Classic disco given a modern rerub. "No Clothes On Your Back" is a chugging number featuring a snippet of Public Enemy's Flava Flav, leading to the next big hit, the disco statement "The Reason We Took it Underground." "Disco babes From Outer Space," with it's distorted voices and breakdown, would sound corny in most sets but works well here. The set's middle sags, largely off the track "House of Funk," which is funky and tells you so by endlessly looping the title in a vocal. "Disco Highway" and "Motorcross Madness" are winners, the latter starting the disc's buildup to harder, darker funk energy. The acid sound picks up over "We Praise" and "Phreakin" before climaxing with the DJ Dan's own hit "Needle Damage" (not good enough to sustain the two versions included) and Super Collider's "Darn Cold Way of Lovin'" What you have here is simply one of the best dance releases of 1999, suited for any environment. DJ Dan has picked tracks that show their influences to the 70's and 80's, and relive that sound through modern production. Pick this up and listen to a DJ at the top of his game.