Various Artists

Sector Beat 100.9, Vol. 8

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Sector Beat 100.9 is a biannual series of double-disc electronic dance music compilations released by the Mexican radio station Beat 100.9 FM. Like previous releases in the series, the eighth volume is oriented toward trance and progressive house, and many of the inclusions are bona fide hits on the international club scene. David Guetta ("Sexy Bitch"), Tiësto ("I Will Be Here"), Paul Oakenfold ("Mesmerized"), and Basement Jaxx ("Raindrops") are some of the more familiar artists compiled on Sector Beat 100.9, Vol. 8. No doubt to the disappointment of some listeners, the tracks are not mixed together DJ style but rather compiled in their full-length versions with silent gaps between each. While this makes for a disjointed listening experience, it's handy for those who want the individual tracks at full length (i.e., those who would like to do the DJ mixing themselves). It may not be compiled creatively, but the Sector Beat 100.9 series is dependable. Each volume is oriented toward the latest trance and progressive house hits as heard on Beat 100.9 FM. This volume in particular is one of the stronger entries in the series. In addition to the aforementioned artists, other familiar names include Kaskade ("On My Shoulder") and Armin van Buuren ("Never Say Never"), who were both featured on Vol. 7 as well. Above & Beyond ("Lonely Girl") and Sebastian Ingrosso ("Kidsos") are also reliable hitmakers.

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