SPANK ROCK

Fabriclive.33 (Fabric)

The last thing the world needs is another self-important mix CD from a bloated UK club brand, which is exactly why Baltimore hip-hop-electro collective Spank Rock's Fabriclive.33 is so friggin' good. The Spank Rock DJs, Ronnie Darko and Chris Devlin, turn in a party-slaying mix that's so spit-take good and piss-take funny, it sounds more like they're playing a house party back in their native Baltimore than a London megaclub. But that, of course, is the point. The record begins with Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks"; weaves in and out of Mr. Oizo's electro-raunchy "Nazis"; skips into "The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight"; and goes on with some Yello, Daft Punk, Motown obscurity the Contours, then a nod to classic hip-hop with Switch's "A Bit Patchy" take on the "Apache" break. Any mix that can drop Yes, the Romantics and Tangerine Dream between Hot Chip, Chicks on Speed and Metro Area (never mind Mylo's "Drop the Pressure," the "Whoomp! There It Is" of 2005 breakbeat) and make it work -- in a hands-in-the-air-one-minute-and-laugh-out-loud-the-next way -- is not only worth a listen but worth a medal of honor. Like a club-happy version of DJ P and Z-Trip's mash-up invention Uneasy Listening Vol. 1 10 years ago, Spank Rock's Fabriclive.33 doesn't leave an eye or behind dry.

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