Various Plastic Compilation Volume 6

Positioning itself as a veritable "now that's what I call electronica!," Vancouver-based Nettwerk Records offers up their usual galaxy of dance superstars on their sixth Plastic platter. While unfortunate commercial dance tracks do drip some sap on the proceedings, there is a hearty selection of remixes of everyone from Timo Maas, Tiesto and Fatboy to Chemical Brothers, Luke Slater and Felix Da Housecat. In other words, a pretty accurate reflection of the year in dance music so far. But the real gem comes courtesy of a five-year-old trance track, previously available online or by import, from Russia's best electronic outfit PPK. "Resurrection" is quite simply one of the best trance anthems ever and despite its lengthy lifespan, it's hardly dated at all. Rooted in Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight, and featuring samples of the first words from outer space, as well as a melody snagged of the '70s Soviet flick Siberiada, the track is pure sci-fi, balancing its epic nature with tongue-in-cheek cheese. The eight-minute opus was glorious when they wrote it in 1998, when its millions of downloads dominated the internet in 2000, when Oakenfold signed them and the record, released in the UK last fall, became the fastest selling single in 2001, and it's still glorious today. (Nettwerk)