The tracks on Börft Dance Classics Vol. 1, a compilation of tracks released between 1996 and 1998 that flew under the radar (Svensson told RA he lost his distribution deal due to poor sales), sound remarkably current. But beyond the historical importance, these tracks live up to the "classics" descriptor, and it's clear why the original 12-inches fetch kingly sums these days.
Pher's "Tja Boo" and Dan Fun's "DFSS1" are delightfully whacked-out versions of '90s filter house. Looking to Detroit, Crinan's "Killimanjaro" is built around a deep chord and a wisp of a soulful vocal sample. The highlight is "Smooth Lover" from Ü, an alias of the late Gothenburg musician Joel Brindefalk. This one has it all, with bouncy pads, a catchy acid line and a climactic Yamaha DX solo. Rather than simply repressing their old, valuable 12-inches, Börft's "classics" offers a guide to vital music from a scene that deserves another look.