The Rapture Tapes
The Rapture's releases have been erratic, flaunting both explosive dance-punk gems and dud melodramatic ballads. But set aside your opinions about that and recognize that these ex–Next Big Things can sling together a mean DJ mix. Tapes' tracks span a few decades and at least as many genres, with an emphasis on New York's underground dance scenes. Starting with Undisputed Truth's psychedelic soul, Tapes slaloms styles and eras with grace and acumen. Ghostface Killah's "Nautilus"-sampling "Daytona 500" segues into the gritty, cowbell-intensive funk of Junkyard Band and the Bar-Kays while Syclops, DJ Mujava, and Paul Johnson rub riveting beats with Alter Ego, Galaxy 2 Galaxy, and Cajmere. Underground cats and casual dance-music fans should find a happy common ground on Tapes.