Kenny Glasgow

The Toronto Mix Sessions

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The first mix disc for Montreal's Turbo Records from Kenny Glasgow -- a Toronto DJ that certainly has an affinity for the harder side of electro -- is an excellent one. On the recording and in the club, Glasgow has a knack for sorting out electro, hip-hop, and techno without missing a beat and he certainly knows how to pick 'em. With minor exceptions, Toronto Mix Sessions combines mostly '80s-style hard electro (like the synth-boppy "Panamericana" from Martini Bros), with funky hip-hop and quick plodding hi-hat drumbeats (á la Sexual Harassment's "I Need a Freak"). Glasgow slides nicely into the Hacker's spaced-out Japanese Telecom-esque "Flexibility" and occasionally drops in textured dancefloor rhythms such as Si Begg's aptly named "Welcome to the Discoteque." Keeping all that in mind, it becomes difficult to gauge the DJ himself when one is so impressed by his track selection. Vocal tracks are the nicest additions as they quench a thirst for lyrics after the pulsating beats dry up any dead spaces. With the Toronto Mix Sessions, Glasgow seamlessly knits together the frayed wires of '80s electro with hardwired '90s techno for a metallic masterpiece. This is not the work of simply a good DJ but that of a great one.

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