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10.100.02

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Peacefrog followed the success of their 10.100 compilation in early 2002 with 10.100.02, another double-disc/quintuple-LP compendium celebrating the U.K. label's first decade of existence. (The ten-year mark coincided with their 100th release as well, hence the title.) Like the first volume, 10.100.02 acts as a showcase for rare and classic tracks issued by the label, from the beginning of their catalog to the end, hitting various points in between, encompassing techno and house. So let's hit some highlights: Dan Bell/DBX's "City on the Edge of Forever," an undervalued early-'90s collaboration with Moritz Von Oswald; the galactic techno abstraction of Shake's "Sonar 123," which actually originates from a 1990 Interface release; the beautiful sun-soaked jazz-house of Glenn Underground's "Keep the Hidden Treasures"; and the ultra-minimal, ultra-hushed ambient house of Theo Parrish's "Sky Walking." Rather than smelling of the "Hey, let's pat ourselves on the back" mentality often associated with bulky label overviews, both 10.100 and 10.100.02 simply offer some fantastic, thoroughly enjoyable, and historic documentations of dance music made in the '90s and early 2000s. When deciding whether or not to take the small plunge required to purchase these comps, take into consideration that some of these tracks go for much steeper amounts in their original vinyl incarnations. (Other contributors include Moodymann, Ian O'Brien, John Beltran, Dan Curtin, Luke Slater, Wamdue Kids, and Ron Trent.)

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