Various – Crosstown Rebels Present RebelRave Volume 3

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  • As 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.
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      CD1 01. Luca Bacchetti - Tango (Eduardo Castillo Voodoo Remix) 02. Art Department - Touch You Gently 03. Amirali - Beautiful World (Deniz Kurtel Remix) 04. Mathew Jonson - Dayz 05. Infinity Ink - Infinity 06. Maceo Plex - Sex Appeal 07. Laura Jones - Inner Place 08. Francesca Lombardo - Old School Anna 09. Aidan Lavelle - Stronger 10. Dinky - Sealed 11. Fur Coat feat. Cari Golden - You And I (Amirali Remix) CD2 01. Amirali - Just An Illusion (MK Remix) 02. Guti - Jealous Guy 03. Nico Purman - Falling 04. Sis - Faces 05. Tiga - Pleasure From The Bass (Subb-an Remix) 06. Walker & Royce - You're Not Welcome (Francesca Lombardo Remix) 07. Daschund & Quenum - Mammoth 08. Tim Xavier - Arco Della Devozione (Paint The Sky Dub) 09. Jamie Jones feat. Art Department - Our Time In Liberty 10. Zod - Rise Before Zod (Acid Pauli - Things That Fly Fly Remix) CD3: Subb-an's Rebel Rave Mix 01. Amirali - Just An Illusion (Accapella) 02. Pier Bucci - Jess 03. Dan Berkson - The Hollow 04. Gavin Herily - Witching Hour 05. Fosky feat. Shiva - Shiva (The Martinez Brothers Remix) 06. Jamie Jones - My Body 07. The Model feat. My Favorite Robot - Still In My Heart (Ivan Smagghe Remix Subb-an Edit) 08. Riz MC - Radar (Loco Dice In The Box Remix) 09. Pier Bucci - Congas Pond 10. Subb-an feat. Anomaly Jonez - Positive Expression 11. Solomun - Daddy's Jam (D'julz Remix) 12. Francesca Lombardo - Eyes (Subb-an Edit) 13. 3 Channels - Base Place 14. Subb-an feat. Anomaly Jonez - Misleading 15. Mathew Jonson - Dayz 16. Amirali - Whisper