By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
The Bucketheads, All in the Mind
"The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)" sports an exclamation point for a reason: The track is an emphatic, and effective, call to dancers everywhere. The remainder of Mind isn't quite so irresistible, but the album as a whole shares with "The Bomb!" a love of thump that should go straight to your soles.
Thematic ambitions and dance music aren't usually seen as compatible, but Goldie melds them and makes them work. The title cut, split into three movements, is sweeping and voluptuous, while "Angel" merges the beats of techno, the patience of ambient music and a restlessness that pulls you in and doesn't let you go.
Little Axe, The Wolf That House Built
Recordings don't get much more outlandish than this one. The "Wolf" of the title is Howlin' Wolf, the blues icon, whose sampled presence gives this studio curio a heft that it wouldn't have managed on its own. Those bugged by cultural appropriation will find no shortage of things to dislike here, but the less doctrinaire among you should be fascinated by the results.
Moby, Everything Is Wrong
Rather than stick to the verities of techno--a genre that he in many ways conceived--Moby goes to extremes on Wrong. One moment the music is lush and extravagant, the next it's rigid and driving. Some of Moby's experiments blow up in his face, but what makes the album worth exploring is the artist's willingness to gamble. And when he wins, he wins big.
Danny Tenaglia, Hard & Soul
Tenaglia knows his way around a sound board: He's been among the most in-demand remixers for several years. But he has a more chipper approach than many of his contemporaries. He keeps four-on-the-floor beats pumping, but he decorates them with deft musical touches clever enough to invite listening on and off the dance floor.
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