For over a decade, Ian Pooley has been a staple of electronic music. The ubiquitous DJ/producer defies the line between house and techno, recording for the Force Inc. label, as well John Acquaviva's Definitive imprint and even the legendary Detroit techno label Transmat. For his first mix CD, Pooley joins the ranks of Nite:Life's DJing elite, which consists of tech-house dons H-Foundation and Terry Farley as well as deep house player Miguel Migs. Naturally, Pooley turns in the perfect balance between the house and the tech, building slowly with cuts from Metro Area and Yann Fontaine into groovy fair from Ernest Saint Laurent and his own "900 Degrees." Pooley even slows down upbeat melodic techno heroes Technasia to fit within this particular beat. He ends on a dark progressive tip with Vincenzo, a reminder that Pooley's sound fits just about anywhere with a 4/4 beat.
In truth, the mix does lack any real surprises and the variable styles on Pooley's theme will only stand out to those well versed in the intricacies of electronic dance music. But as one of the great unifiers of dance music's various schools, it is perhaps a tribute to Pooley that all of these nuances of sound fit so easily together.