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Album Review

After a hiatus from recording, Baxendale returned no thanks in small part to the radar-fine ears of Kompakt's A&R department. This EP features "I Built This City," a surreal ode from a lover to his loved one, and how they built an entire city just for their approval. The original mix and Justus Köhncke's are dancefloor-friendly, but it's Michael Mayer's dark and stormy mix that is the real gem of the pack. A low-key affair that endlessly builds up, the vocals read well enough, like a page from Underworld's finest moments, but the climatic explosion turns the vocals into a Neptunes/Justin Timberlake party gone all sorts of wrong. Guaranteed dancefloor-friendly and one of the most intriguing moments of the entire Kompakt catalog.

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One person's alternative is another's refried classic rock, which is what makes the amusing retro/modern treats of England's Baxendale -- embracing a self-described ethos of "cool Europop sparkle, Britney beats, and Phat Disco Drama" -- such fun. Tracing a line of descent via the Human League, Edwyn Collins, and the Pet Shop Boys, as well as later blenders of dancefloor and wit as Orlando and St. Etienne, the trio emerged in the late-'90s London scene and swiftly won friends (and enemies) via a string...
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