The Rapture / Various Tapes

The arrival of an official mix by the Rapture at this point is well timed considering they’re in the studio at the moment, but the fact that they’ve been DJing for so long makes you want to ask, "what took so long?” Commissioned by !K7 but not an official DJ-Kicks entry, Tapes puts the New York indie dance post-punk funk crew behind the decks to wow us with their mixing skills and exquisite taste in hard-to-find tracks. If you’ve seen members spin at a club, there isn’t much of a surprise in store: rare groove, electro, disco, hip-hop, house and funk comprise the set list. Unfortunately, the lack of surprise is what makes Tapes such a let down. Sure, almost everything they drop is either retro cool (okay, hearing Armand Van Helden’s dated "Flowerz” is a slight disruption) or tastefully of the moment, but there’s no track(s) that would cause any sort of commotion on the dance floor. Unlike their music, which has presented so many prominent moments since 2002, what the Rapture have done behind the decks is nothing extraordinary but rather ordinary and thus, disappointing. (!K7)