Blake Baxter

A Decade Underground

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Blake Baxter's contribution to Tresor's Globus Mix series functions as much as a compilation of his better dancefloor-orientated tracks as it does as a house mix -- the underlying concept behind the Globus Mix series. Where other DJs in this series, such as Rok and Dan Bell, have presented wide-ranging sets that include work by a number of artists and styles, Baxter instead includes only five tracks out of 18 that aren't somehow attributed to himself. Rarely does one find such a self-indulgent DJ set; in fact, it's almost taboo for a DJ to mix more than the occasional track of his/hers into a set. Yet Baxter doesn't seem to care, instead transforming his mix into a showcase for himself. And it's really hard to complain since it results in a consistent set, characterized from start to finish by Baxter's trademark style of techno-tinted house tracks with their underlying sexual ideology -- best illustrated on "Sexuality," "When We Used to Play," and Junior Vasquez's "Get Your Hands off My Man." Looking past Baxter's vanity and the sexual tension found in his music, it's really hard to resist the jacking rhythms of these tracks, especially at the quick pace he moves through them and at the seemingly up-pitched tempo he spins them at. Few DJ mixes evoke such blatantly sweaty visions of booty shakin' as this mix does, providing the excuse Baxter needs to get so unashamedly self-indulgent.

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