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Orbital

Back to Mine (DMC)

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The premise of the Back to Mine series of dance mix albums is truly innovative. Under the direction of the country's premier DJ organization, DMC USA, Back to Mine gives featured electronic artists the chance to collect the records -- whatever they might be -- that they would play for their friends after a night out on the town. You know the inevitable scenario: You've been out clubbing all night and decide to chill for a bit with your buds. Only this time around, your buds include British techno legends Orbital.

Of course, there are the obligatory down-tempo reggae tracks for late-night relaxing, but there's also obscure material such as Lee Perry and the Upsetters' deeply political "Justice to the People" and the Selecter's outstanding trombone-centric, ska-ish "Celebrate the Bullet." There are tracks to make you dance, such as the rare, dub-flavored J. Saul Kane remix of Eon's early techno anthem "Spice," as well as recent experimental electronic material from Plaid ("New Bass Hippo") and one previously unreleased Orbital track ("Ska'd for Life").

While Orbital, known for its blistering live techno sets, illustrates with its abrupt song changes the fact that brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll can't DJ to save their lives, their version of Back to Mine ranks up there with the best dance and electronic music compilations in recent memory.

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