6. 2 Many DJs, 'As Heard on Radio Soulwax Vol. 2' (PIAS, 2002)
Any good DJ should be able to play anything. But it takes a truly great one (or two) to play everything – and make it all sing. The secret of this hour-long thrill ride, piloted by Belgian bros Steven and David Dewaele of the band Soulwax, is that instead of being trippy and expansive, it's as reductive as punk – and driving and exciting in the same way. Building on a bed of early-'00s electro, the Dewaeles traverse pop history, from the Velvets to Dolly Parton, Skee-Lo to the Breeders. It remains an instant party-starter and proof that even Girl Talk has roots.
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