Various Artists

Trax Sampler, Vol. 4

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Several volumes in this French, promo-only series should be snapped up whenever they're seen. For fans of cutting-edge dance music and left-of-center indie, they serve a function similar to that of the samplers that come with CMJ magazine, providing up-to-date selections of what keen club DJs spin. The value of the average volume in the series is considerably high since many of the tracks are available on vinyl only. The fourth volume of the series opens 1998 with another wide variety of styles represented in good form. Roy Davis, Jr. and Peven Everett's garage classic "Gabriel," Larry Heard's "Saga of the Little Queen," Propellerheads' "Take California (Short One)," and Kid Loco's "She's My Lover" are all featured, along with six other cuts.