By Various Artists
Bloody, battered and bruised, dance music has gone a full ten rounds with the media world fervently announcing its death. In the red corner we have short sighted, narrow-minded journalists eager to pounce with all the hyperbole and gutter gushings of a rabid Don King. Thankfully, we have Soma Records in the blue corner, heralding a brave new world in all things electronic.
Their excellent compilation kicks off with Envoy's orchestral opus, 'Move on,' its bombastic strings bringing out your best air violin as the tech punk beat hits overdrive. Slam's 'Lie to me' then hits you square in the face, with its phaser funk techno and saccharine sweet vocals destined for prime-time dance floor action.
The ubiquitous Mylo also appears on his re-rub of Master H's 'Thirteen.' Epic walls of synth are created only to be torn down by a marauding bass line that could be Alter Ego's younger, spunkier brother.
The Guaranteed Floor Filler award for 2004 has to go to Envoy's second track though, the soulphuric 'Shoulder2Shoulder.' Laden with synapse snapping sax and mind Warp-ing electro filth, it delivers the perfect killer punch to doom dance merchants the world over.