Like the takeout goop they're named for, turntablist-turned-label honcho A-Trak and filterhouse master chef Armand Van Helden aren't about haute cuisine. But their sample-storming full-length debut is undeniable – squarely in the tradition of stoned dance-floor hitmakers from decades past like Deee-Lite, Fatboy Slim and M|A|R|R|S. Five years' worth of primo one-off singles are here, including "aNYway" – a flip of Final Edition's 1979 latter-day disco gem "I Can Do It (Any Way You Want)" – and the goofball "Barbra Streisand." The new stuff is nearly as good. The interstitial skits can get irritating, but the edits come fast, and when those sugar-shock beats drop, all is forgiven.
From The Archives Issue 1207: April 24, 2014