Thursday, April 5, 2001

Review - Rarewerks

Artist: Various Artists

Posted on Thu, Apr 5, 2001 at 4:00 AM

Astralwerks' vision is to snag the very best in post-electronic/ dance music from the U.K. and beyond. The label's taste is impeccable, as witnessed by the success of big-name artists Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers, and the perfect "post-rock" troika of Doves, Beta Band and Primal Scream. "Rarewerks" collects some impossible-to-find tracks by beloved Astralwerks artists as well as serves as a beautiful introduction to this shining imprint.

Each cut is a standout: the dance-music-for-the-masses-that-still-have-soul of "How Can You Hear Us?" by Fatboy Slim, a Groove Armada remix of Q-Burns Abstract Message's "Feng Shui" and the ultrarare, ultrahip 1994 track by Future Sounds of London, "Live in New York." Throw in a brilliant remix of Primal Scream's "Exterminator" by Massive Attack, the recent "To You Alone" by the Beta Band and a swinging Brendan Lynch remix of an early Air single. This is truly genre-melding music.

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