Various Artists

This Is Electroclash [3CD]

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Over the course of three discs, Hypnotic's This Is Electroclash only collects a few tracks by the genre's leading lights, such as Ladytron's "Discotraxx" and Felix da Housecat's "Happy Hour"; the rest of the set features tracks from some lesser-known purveyors of the style, some seminal '80s synth-pop, and a continuous mix by DJ skOOby. The contemporary tracks divide pretty evenly between the fey, melodic side of the style (the Faint's remix of Joy Electric's "We Are the Rock," Bis' "Don't Let the Rain Come Down," and Waldorf's "You're My Disco (New Romantic Mix)") and its occasionally sleazy, more electro-inspired side (A1 People's "Detroit Style" and Ping Pong Bitches' "Beat You Up"), though many of them simply don't have the presence of either the better-known modern tracks or the classics. The Normal's "Warm Leatherette," Fad Gadget's "Lady Shave," Visage's "Fade to Grey," Berlin's "Sex," and Gary Numan's "My Dying Machine" are, in many cases, still more experimental and more accessible than the newer acts featured on This Is Electroclash; it certainly seems like a "Roots of Electroclash" collection featuring these artists (as well as more purely electro innovators like Afrika Bambaataa) is overdue. On this album, though, the older tracks end up both padding out the collection and overshadowing the tracks they were meant to compliment. This Is Electroclash is fairly entertaining, but better collections of the old and new artists featured on it are available elsewhere.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:04
2
3:33
3
2:25
4
1:53
5
4:07
6
2:13
7
5:13
8
4:04
9
4:01
10
2:36
11
3:38
12
3:31
13
3:52
14
2:59
15
4:07
16
2:48
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