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Colette N° 5

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The fifth compilation from the Paris-based Colette lifestyle shop is another double-disc package that pairs one disc of unmixed tracks with an exclusive DJ set. This time, the DJ set comes from the DFA -- producers of the Rapture and Radio 4 and remixers of Metro Area and Le Tigre, with close ties to the Juan Maclean and LCD Soundsystem -- who were a white-hot underground phenomenon when this was released. While it's a bit brief at under 50 minutes, the DFA disc is an extremely fun and eclectic-not-just-for-the-sake-of-it mix of obscure post-punk and more current left-field dance music. The best moments to be heard are within the awkward alien funk of Mu's "Chair Girl," especially just after it morphs into a crossbred track that lays Cabaret Voltaire's typically paranoid "Seconds Too Late" atop François Kevorkian's dub of Chicago freakazoid Green Velvet's "La La Land." DFA followers who snapped this up in early 2003 were treated to previews of unreleased tracks from the Rapture and the Juan Maclean, both of which would be stunning in any setting; the former's "I Need Your Love," a track of anxious keyboard stabs with a thumping rhythm, is almost as much of a thrill as the airy but firmly grounded electro-disco of the latter's "Give Me Every Little Thing." The unmixed disc is similar in scope; along with more oddball house and techno from the '02/'03 school -- the Soft Pink Truth's "Promofunk," Superpitcher's shuffle-tech mix of Quarks' "I Walk," Zongamin's rework of Playgroup's "Make It Happen" -- it digs back to '80s obscurities like Polyrock's "Your Dragging Feet" (an ominous, scratchy !!!/Out Hud precursor) and the Human League's pre-coed instrumental version of "Reach Out (I'll Be There)." The only stumbling block with these Colette comps is getting them: you can hop a plane and visit the shop, or you can attempt to procure one -- for a hefty sum -- at a specialty record shop.

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