Bloc Party / Kele

Bloc Party Tapes

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Bloc Party toned down their electronic leanings on the grunge-insprired Four, but they celebrate their love of dance music on their contribution to !K7's mix series Tapes. Mixed by frontman Kele Okereke, the set does feature one of the band's own tracks ("Obscene"), albeit in a remix that turns it into a jittery dancefloor mover. Elsewhere, Okereke turns in an eclectic, kinetic mix that flows remarkably well as it encompasses classics such as Cajmere's "Percolator" (here in a mix by Jamie Jones Vault), and relative newcomers like Junior Boys and French Fries. The first half -- or "side" -- of Tapes shows off Okereke's wide-ranging tastes on tracks like the two-step garage of Wookie's "Battle," and the seamless drones of the opening meditation and Do Make Say Think's "I Love You (La La La)." However, it's Tapes' second, house-dominated half that shows Okereke's budding DJ skills as it builds an enduring groove with cuts by Torske, Larry Heard, and Mr. White, then releases it with a pair of weightless tracks by Vaghe Stelle and Jacques Greene. Bloc Party fans who only like the band's rock aspirations might not enjoy Tapes, but aficionados of wide-ranging, energetic dance mixes should find a lot to enjoy here.

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