Here's a wonderfully expansive trek across some of electronic music's less-traveled paths, with a few stops at well-known landmarks thrown in as a bonus. Much of the first disc focuses on the genre's roots, from the Teutonic throb of Kraftwerk
's 1978 classic "Robots" to the eerie new wave sheen of Gary Numan
's "Cars" and O.M.D.
's "Electricity." Interestingly enough, the compilation's producers manage to weave strands of mainstream disco (like Donna Summer
-led "I Feel Love") into the tapestry without anything seeming mismatched. The set's second disc brings out the '90s troops in force, with appearances from pioneering rave scene staples such as the Orb
(represented by a four-minute slice of "Little Fluffy Clouds") and the Shamen
(whose "Move Any Mountain" stands the test of time surprisingly well). Add early material from such current speaker-shatters as Moby
, the Prodigy
, and Underworld
, and you've got the makings of a house party sure to get your butt in gear -- and your neighbors up in arms.