Various Artists

Trax Sampler, Vol. 9

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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. Highlights from the ninth Trax Sampler include Herbert's "Going Round," Swayzak's "Speedboat," Jeff Mills' "Cubango," and Wacky Races' "Fire Chief." While only eight tracks are here -- unlike most volumes' inclusion of ten -- there's little room left for mediocrity.