Destroy Rock & Roll (RCA)

There are only a handful of electronic artists that America's coolest indie rockers will embrace. Mylo is one of them. It helps that the Scottish DJ has remixed rock club hits for Annie, the Scissor Sisters, Kylie and the Killers. If you've heard of him, it's probably because it's his remixes of those bands that you hear at every club. Destroy Rock & Roll, however, is not a remix or a mash-up album. It's the sort of stellar work one would expect from a European techno superstar. The album's title track takes on a mock-religious tone, purporting to seek to destroy fashion and rock, and includes a recitation of names like David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Cars, Stevie Nicks, ZZ Top, Neil Young, John Lennon, the Rolling Stones and Duran Duran. But it's the influence of these rockers (we're not sure if Michael Jackson or Madonna are rockers, but anyway) that makes the album awesome. All of that said, and despite a title that doth protest too much, Destroy Rock & Roll isn't about rock 'n' roll. Back on Mylo's home continent, techno is alive and well. A Mylo DJ show summons huge crowds of wild partiers; he's part of the vanguard of DJs who are fawned over by fans in a manner that Americans would reserve for their favorite rock star. Listened to in that context, Destroy Rock & Roll is an album of hits that spans airy electronica, deep techno and crossover rock-tinged tracks. Jacob Brown

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