The Glimmer Twins

Serie Noire, Vol. 2

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Another mix designed to delight young clubbers and irritate slightly older trainspotters who allegedly knew about all of this stuff before reissue culture hit critical mass, Serie Noire 2 follows in the path laid out by the Glimmer Twins on the initial installment of the series. This is more of the same, blending underground disco favorites, disco-indebted new wave and post-punk, modern house tracks, and the occasional curiosity from an unexpected source. For tracks that were conceived with no attention paid to whether or not they would translate decades down the road, most of the earlier selections have held up phenomenally well. They have remained relevant enough to form a rough blueprint for a fair portion of the dance music being released in the early 2000s. This is best exemplified in the way that Nick Straker Band's 1982 Prelude single "Straight Ahead" feeds ideally into Green Fridge Music's 2002 Laws of Motion track "Da Best." Though several compilations and mixes were tying similar segments of the 1980s-2000s spectrum together, the Glimmer Twins score points for being just a little more open-minded than most others. Any mix that incorporates a jacking Chicago house classic like Adonis' "No Way Back" with an overlooked early single from new wavers Blancmange and PiL's "Death Disco (Mega Mix)" (obtainable on PiL's Plastic Box as "1/2 Mix Meggamix"), has something going for it. The mixing here is of a slightly higher quality when compared to the first Serie Noire, due to smoother transitions and tighter sequencing.

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