Various Artists

Electroklash [Urban Theory]

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Born somewhere in the late '80s, though coming to mainstream attention via legendary New York promoter Larry Tee's Electroclash festival first held in October 2001, this dance subgenre came as a reaction to the increasingly cerebral electronica movement, a knee-jerk kick to the head of the Intelligent Dance Music glitterati. Its amalgam of retro-synth pop rhythms and singalong lyrical sleaze is as instant as it is throwaway, with high-concept acts lending further credibility through bringing the arts scene onboard. Despite the conspicuous absence of innovators Fischerspooner, A.R.E. Weapons, and Detroit duo Adult., this remains an accomplished compilation with contributions from many of leading artists -- Peaches, Miss Kittin, Dot Allison, Chicks on Speed, and Ladytron -- proving a quick fix for those yet to board the clash boat.

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