Ed Rec, Vol. 2
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||Intra||Mr. Oizo||1:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dismissed||Uffie||3:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Phantom||Justice||4:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Stick It||DJ Mehdi||1:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Disco Dynamite||Mr. Flash||3:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Strings of Death||Krazy Baldhead||4:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Edwrecker||Feadz||3:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||49Ers||Busy P||0:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lucky Girl (feat. Fafi)||DJ Mehdi||4:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rainbow Man||Busy P||3:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Eagle Eyez||Mr. Flash||1:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Greel||SebastiAn||3:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Interzone to Golden Skans||Klaxons||3:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Limousine (Dub Version)||Vicarious Bliss||5:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
The intro (or "Intra" as it were) of this compilation sets us up for a taut and twitchy mixtape, complete with a robotic roll call from Ed Banger's roster and a nudge, nudge segue into the X-rated, electro-shocked battle rap of Uffie. The cross-fader stops here, however. Not that this is a surprise. It's nearly impossible to mix the staple singles of a label that's perfectly happy slinging hollow cowbells, crisp hi-hats, arena rock guitars and serrated synths until something sticks. All right, it's a train wreck waiting to happen, as hammerhead rhythms and deviant dance beats present a Studio 54 soundtrack for the Playstation generation. One clarification about this comp: Don't call it "new rave." Key Ed Banger artists such as Justice, Sebastian and DJ Mehdi are too busy doing their own thing to be dubbed a rehash of the music industry's failed brush with the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy. Having Daft Punk manager Busy P at the helm (and turning out a decent Daft Punk pastiche of his own on "Rainbow Man") sure doesn't hurt in the credentials department, either.
The New Cool
Not since Daft Punk has anything so damn cool come out of dance music. The Banger crew is about rocking it as hard as they can, all night long (as best evidenced by their now legendary party at Studio A at the Winter Music Conference this year). These tracks are a good intro to their glitchy, "something's broken" style, though this is most definitely an easygoing primer compared to what you'll hear them drop live. (Also, this comp lacks tracks from Boys Noize, their most ruthlessly insane DJ and producer.) Already the Banger sound is ushering in a techno revivial of sorts, and dancefloors haven't rocked this hard in years. Buy this mix, dig it, then seek out the Banger crew live. You won't believe how awesome it can get, or how easily you can be transformed into a drooling, screaming monkey. (PS: what fool wrote the Itunes review? The music industry's "failed brush with Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers"? Those are two of the biggest electronic acts ever, and sold millions of albums each! Very strange.)
Uffie's on fire, Disco Dynamite, Rainbow Man--worth it. Even better than our belated first taste of Banger's kill squad. On. Fire. Buy. Now.