Various The Trip curated by Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey

Any time a mix begins with the inimitable Carl Orff it’s undoubtedly a sign of good things to come. Compiled by the impeccable tastes of Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey, this fourth instalment of The Trip series is quite easily the pick of the litter and easily one of the best collections of 2006. Of course, there is nothing "brand-new” included here — that’s not the point. Cocker and Mackey, who’ve been DJing sporadically over the years (especially the latter), obviously know their stuff, judging by the 35 gems they’ve grouped in this two-disc set. Thankfully an unmixed mix, there are copious standouts that will definitely enhance any mix-tapes/CD-Rs, house parties or DJ sets. With overwhelming affection for singer-songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s, the pair have assembled an erratic cast that oddly thrives on its different styles. They know not to put Add N to (X) right after Dory Previn, and instead use the Human League as the bait, but Previn manages to follow Psychic TV without any hitches. Interesting. Other noteworthy pairings include the Fall and Moondog, Elton Motello’s "Jet Boy, Jet Girl” before Polecats’ cover of Bowie’s "John, I’m Only Dancing,” and Neil Sedaka following Dion’s airy take on "Purple Haze.” In these days where anyone can be a DJ, Cocker and Mackey certainly stand out with their attempt — as seasoned, erudite veterans. (Pump-Kin)