For the 11th chapter of Get Physical's Body Language series, Nôze's Nico Sfintescu delivers his first official mix CD with little attempt at hilarity along the way. Having spent three months crafting an eclectic, era-spanning tracklist, this release is perhaps the Frenchman displaying his artistic pedigree. Left-of-centre, yet still somewhat featureless, house from the likes of Alejandro Mosso, Dave Aju, Marek Hemmann, Tiefschwarz and Âme forms the backbone of the mix. Abstract intermissions of a more organic nature by Makossa & Megablast, Lump and Nôze's new project with the drummer Emiliano Turi not only provide texture, but also make for the more interesting periods. Marking the one moment of ingenuity, Nicolas Jaar's "Russian Dolls" seamlessly meanders into "Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas" by the French jazz composer Zanini, with the nostalgia of Dennis Ferrer and Jerome Sydenham's "A Drumstick And A Light Future" also worked to good effect.
Having edited almost all of the tracks for fluidity, the effort and time Sfintescu has put into this release is unquestionably commendable. If the objective was to demonstrate some hidden credentials then he's gone some way to achieving that too. In addition, Get Physical should be credited for undertaking some tricky licensing on behalf of the Frenchman, including a pursuit in vain of a Jeff Buckley a cappella that was originally intended for the intro. However, judged purely on its audio merits, Body Language Vol. 11 is a resourceful yet ultimately, unexceptional house mix that lacks ignition and that unquantifiable currency of charm.