Rennie Pilgrem

Perfecto Breaks

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Rennie Pilgrem's first mix album for the dance imperialists at Perfecto is the second in the series of Perfecto Breaks records, after Lee Coombs' 2002 volume. Perhaps reflecting the conservative bent of Perfecto itself circa the turn of the century, Pilgrem's mix is curiously subdued, heavy on the melodics but quite light on the innovation and energy. He blends tracks from breaks ambassadors Ils, Blim, and Koma & Bones with producers much closer to straight trance (Moguai, General MIDI, and Perfecto's own Timo Maas, albeit in a Pilgrem remix). Pilgrem loosens up halfway through, slotting a couple of his own productions -- "London Voodoo" and "Cous Cous," the latter an Überzone co-production -- but most of Perfecto Breaks makes the nu-breaks scene sound like it's in danger of rapidly deflating.

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