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Compilations - Issue 581

Credit To The Edit Vol 3

Greg Wilson

Credit To The Edit Vol 3

Tirk
8.0
Venerated DJ and re-edit master Greg Wilson has returned with the third instalment in his much loved ‘Credit To The Edit’ series, nine years after the last one. Not a great deal has changed when it comes to Wilson’s preoccupations, something we should all be thankful for, as he makes a batch of already-classic dancefloor cuts even more playable and perfect for modern floors. The funk theme is ever present, running through an elongated version of Mike Pickering’s Latin proto house gem as T-Coy, ‘Cariño’, into a poignant cut of the Chic produced Sheila & B Devotion hit ‘Spacer’, and a percussive retelling of Belgian band Chakachas’ ‘Jungle Fever’. Less expected are takes on newer tracks, such as Bassheads’ acid house piece ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ Red Rack ’Em’s recent house beast, ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’, and Psychemagik’s analogue synth disco number ‘Mink And Shoes’. Each of his edits is subtle in its twist on the original material, letting the tune speak while giving it more space, more oomph or removing unnecessary bits. Especially good is his spin on Captain Rapp’s ‘Bad Times’, which demonstrates Wilson in his electrofunk element, but the whole compilation radiates the obvious joy he had in putting it together.
Ben Murphy
Detroit Love mixed by Stacey Pullen

Various

Detroit Love Mixed By Stacey Pullen

Detroit Love

Motor city mayhem
9.0
Brainchild of Carl Craig, Detroit Love is a movement to showcase the city’s legendary music scene across the globe. Four years after their debut, the collective have set their sights on physical releases, and iconic figure Stacey Pullen proves an assured first choice. Meticulously assembled, Marcel Pittman’s exquisite ‘Raw Cuts’ remix and a pair of thunderous Burning Bridges tracks are notable musical standouts. But what feels most remarkable about this collection is Pullen’s ability to inspire the listener, weaving connecting strands, some obvious and some abstract, between featured artists, the city and the fascinating evolution of its sound to be pored over, long after the record ends. For those that have been fortunate enough to experience a Detroit Love event firsthand, Stacey Pullen’s mix serves as a powerful memento. For the less familiar, it’s a comprehensive and crucial introduction.
Anonymous
Maceo Plex - fabric98

Maceo Plex

fabric98

fabric

Compelling choices
7.5
The latest instalment in what must by now be the world’s greatest mix series is a testament to both the institution itself, and the guy whose name is on the sleeve. When posed with the challenge of following 97 other house and techno players, DJs should always be themselves; the problem being, this potentially exposes players as rather bland. Not so here. Arguably Miami’s slowest major electronic music success story has crafted something packed with personality, despite being entirely heads-down. Throwing elements of new wave and mutant synth indie into a selection which mainly comprises broken electro, the atmosphere hangs on a knife-edge for the most part. Where there is release, it’s well-executed and, by the end, pleasingly rave-y. Above average for the series, when you consider how strong that series is, the point becomes more resonant.
Martin Guttridge-Hewitt