Various Artists

10 Kilo Calling

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10 Kilo Calling is a sister volume of sorts to the 10 Kilo mix compilation released earlier in the same year, Music for All Persuasions, and also like that Renegade Soundwave-forged set, is selected entirely from the label's vaults, with the exception of a sole new, exclusive song. The leadoff track, "Pretender," from Red Star -- an alias for Renegade Soundwave founding member Danny Briottet -- makes its debut here, and it's a monster of a cut with its boombastic low end. The rest of the album is just as choice, though the driving Dylan Rhymes (who contributes his own hypnotically sweaty "Moist" in tandem with Meat Katie) remix of Sneaker Pimps' "Bloodsport," Rennie Pilgrem & Blim's cosmically Latin-tinged "Monkfish," Elite Force's grimy samba "Haiku," and Broadway Danny Rose's grimier "Night of the Elastic" deserve special mention. Most of the songs mix their "traditions," shuffling between house, trance, techno, and various other smaller subdivisions and genre permutations, and they all work from the rhythm track up without ever seeming stuck in the groove or merely danceably static (with the possible exception of Nathan Coles' "Raas Bucket," which is nonetheless a first-rate dancefloor workout). The result is some truly dynamic, cutting-edge electronica.

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