A-Trak / Various Infinity + 1

A-Trak / Various Infinity + 1
"Subtle" isn't a word that comes up frequently when discussing dance floor-minded DJ mixes but in a way, it works when talking about A-Trak's latest outing, Infinity + 1. Don't get it twisted, there's nothing subtle about the low-end, heavy beats that permeate the album or for that matter, the lyrics of some of the songs. But what is subtle is the way A-Trak manages to seamlessly blend the old (Farley Jackmaster Funk) with the new (MSTRKRFT), and the raunchy (Donnis) with the sweet (DJ Mehdi). Given his background as a turntablist, you might expect a little more scratching on Infinity but A-Trak largely skips the fancy stuff in favour of smoothly blending the cuts and letting his experience show in his choice of songs. With an equal number of straight bangers like Kid Sister's "Life on TV" and A-Trak's "Say Whoa," and laidback trip outs like James Yuill's "This Sweet Love" and DJ Mehdi's "Pocket Piano," A-Trak has made an excellent party-to-go package. (Thrive/Fool's Gold)