G. Pal/Various Plastic City America mixed by G. Pal

G. Pal, Greek producer George Pallikaris, takes us on a wonderful tour of tech-house released by the Plastic City America label. Over the 14 tracks, he weaves a mix of funky, sleek and sometimes melancholic house music. There are few vocals, and hardly any samples. Here, the music and the mixing tell the story. Standout tracks include the funky Ashtar Afterhours' "Body Music," the Kelly Project's "Finally Be," with its swooping synths and DJ Emily's filter-heavy "Tour de Funk." G. Pal's mixing is spot on and he keeps the flow moving, even as he switches between songs that sound markedly different. (UCMG)