Various Artists

Afterdark: Los Angeles

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A collection of house tracks meant to best represent the city, the two-disc Afterdark: Los Angeles (the first disc is mixed by Jamie Thinnes, the second by the Groove Junkies) is a pretty decent collection of songs from some of L.A.'s top electronica artists, like S.U.M.O. and Franck Roger (who, though he's French, is part of Thinnes' Earth Tones roster). Concurrently, it does a pretty decent job explaining what the city's club scene is like, and the fact that most (Franck Roger's three tracks are all also found on his 2006 album We Walk to Dance) of the versions of songs are previously unreleased is an added bonus. The second disc is nearly all Groove Junkies cuts remixed by the band itself, the lone exception being Morten Trust's "Love Has Come Around (GJ's Re-Rub Mix)," and again, is a nice overview of what Los Angeles has to offer. For those who are looking for slick, clean house music to relax to, Afterdark: Los Angeles is as good of a choice as any.

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