Various Artists

Sex, Sluts and Heaven

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This is a fairly standard double-CD collection of dancefloor fare that uses sex to sell its package. Yawn. Compiled by U.K. DJ and record-shop owner Chris Summers, there are few surprises on his list of faves, but, that said, there are a couple of really noteworthy mixes. The "Sex" disc (the other one is "Heaven," meaning the musicians must be the "Sluts") kicks off with the "Lionrock Remix" of the Charlatans' "My Beautiful World," and is one of the set's high points with its rolling 909 extracted backbeat underscore. A serious letdown is Nightmares on Wax's exercise in hip-hop-risy, "What I'm Feelin'," as is Delakota's "Gotta Get Down" (I can't believe a DJ would even bother with this). Also on disc one is the original mix of David Holmes' "Little Short, Part 1." The Ballistic Brothers' "Streets Are Real" is pretty happening with its Washington, D.C., go-go drum funk rhythm. The Heaven disc fares better, with the Orb's "Toxygene" (yeah, an oldie, but it still jams) and the killer "Love Beat" by Yoshinori Sunahara. Ultimately, UFO's "Tied Up" and Scribbler's "Mics to Cables" are the best things on it and keep it from being as ho-hum as disc one. There are far better comps than this one; save your dough and don't be taken in by the title.

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