Various Artists

Trax Sampler, Vol. 53

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Several volumes in this French, promo-only series should be snapped up whenever they're seen. For fans of cutting-edge dance music and left-of-center indie, they serve a function similar to that of the samplers that come with CMJ magazine, providing up-to-date selections of what keen club DJs spin. The value of the average volume in the series is considerably high since many of the tracks are available on vinyl only. The 53rd Trax Sampler includes John Tejada's "Western Starland," Dot Allison's "Substance," DJ Shadow's "In the Mix," Lunatic Asylum's "Space Boy," and Closer Musik's "You Don't Know Me (Edit)" -- along with five other selections that make this another highly recommendable addition to the series.