Various Artists

Electro Burn

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Yet another chillout-themed compilation that features a title much more intimidating than Pure Moods, Electro Burn -- the peppier sibling release to Electro Chill, also released by Surge -- is an assortment of like-sounding tracks that, thanks to the lack of variation from selection to selection, turns to mush about a third of the way in. Hardly having anything to do with actual electro, the early-'80s dance music movement that spawned a second revival the same time this compilation was released, Electro Burn focuses on trip-hop and electronica that is just as heavy in atmosphere as it is in rhythm. It claims to be a step ahead of the compilation game (the press sheet laughably states "Currently the marketplace has very few compilations similar to the sound of Electro Burn"), despite the fact that most of the inclusions were released two years prior to this disc, and despite the fact that compilations like this one had infested every record store well before its 2002 release date. The noteworthy tracks? They include picks from Moby ("Flying Foxes," a Play-era B-side), Underworld ("Push Upstairs"), Air ("Sexy Boy"), Death in Vegas ("Dirge"), and Alex Gopher ("Tryin") -- all of which had been in the racks in multiple forms for a couple years or more. Relatively later -- and spectacular -- tracks from Röyksopp ("Eple") and Spylab ("Celluloid Hypnotic") help raise the value of this disc over Electro Chill.

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