In America

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In America Review

by John Bush

Though it's easier to see that Slam is in America from the photos inside than hear it on the mix, this two-disc voyage, sponsored by DMC and Mixer, find the Scottish duo upholding their perennially high standards of quality control. The first disc, just slightly more experimental than the second (and subtitled "Freelance Science"), transitions well from Brett Johnson's sleek, monotoned "Stucco Homes" into the mid-'80s prototype for that type of house track, "Baby Wants to Ride" with twin legends Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle. The second disc in the set, "Pressure," is more of a banging set; Slam set out their agenda with Phil Kieran's "Vitalian House" (which samples Marshall Jefferson's all-American "House Nation"), then continually raise the energy levels with their own sublime remix of Samuel L Sessions' "Merengue," a Ben Sims mix of the Horrorist, and Gaetano Parisio's "Dub Pistol." Fans of techno, blessed with more material from Scotland's favorite techno duo in the previous two years than the decade before that, should be thankful for another solid mix like In America, no matter where (or how) it was recorded.

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