Various – Crosstown Rebels Present RebelRave Volume 3As you may know, the Crosstown Rebels posse recently marked their 10th anniversary with a worldwide tour. Now Damian Lazarus's label gives us a third installment of the almost yearly Crosstown Rebels Present RebelRave compilation. As was the case on previous editions, Volume 3 gathers bits released in the past 18 months or so, plus original edits usually exclusive to the CD format.
That means you have to sit, very early on, through Art Department's full version of their single "Touch You Gently," which is a rather demanding exercise in tolerance. Much of CD1 is devoted to Crosstown's more easy-on-the-ears material. Highlights include Deniz Kurtel's remix of Amirali's "Beautiful World," Mathew Jonson's gorgeously melancholic "Dayz," Laura Jones' "Inner Place," and newcomer Francesca Lombardo's serpentine synth wizardry.
CD2 showcases some of the label's more overlooked recent numbers, like SIS's "Faces," Daschund & Quenum's "Mammoth," and Acid Pauli's weirdly tropical-ish remix of Zod's "Rise Before Zod". CD3 is mixed by Subb-an that draws from the label's back catalogue without strictly limiting itself to the past year: Ivan Smagghe's remix of The Model's "Still In My Heart" makes a welcome appearance, as does Subb-An's own "Misleading." Technically speaking, it's spot-on—notice the transition from The Martinez Brothers' remix of Fosky's "Shive" into Jamie Jones' shivering "My Body."
As a retrospective, then, RebelRave Volume 3 does exactly what it says on the can, and gives an accurate snapshot of the kind of energy London-centric house music has generated these past couple of years. But as a gift to loyal, dedicated and long-term fans, it's hard not to see this compilation as a quickly executed, obligatory release that doesn't do justice to Crosstown's significance over the past decade.
Set up by DJ and City Rockers A&R man Damian Lazarus, Crosstown Rebels is an organization that loves quality alternative sounds, adores a great party and thrives on creative, young people armed with something new to say.
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