2 Many DJ's - As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt.2

What do you get if you put together 45 tracks in the space of just over 60 minutes? Just about the most comprehensive history of music you can get in one place and an album that mixes up the likes of Destiny's Child "Independent Woman" and 10cc's "Dreadlock Holiday". Soulwax have been right at the helm of the Bootleg scene long before Sugababes hit the number 1 spot and Kylie was employing a think tank to suggest possible "Can't Get You Outta My Head" mixes and its this album that condenses everything into a semi-legal release with it being imported over from Belgium where copyright laws are considerably slacker than here in the UK.

In true bootleg style there's a hidden remix of the aforementioned Kylie track before properly kicking things off with a collision between Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Basement Jaxx. Its the sort of absurd combination that works in a world where the likes of the Smiths can be brought up to date with an Eminem vocal or Missy Elliot does her thang over Joy Division. Its worth noting that Soulwax avoid the more commercialized tracks on the scene and prefer to delve into the likes of Salt & Pepa Vs The Stooges for their kicks.

With an absurd amount of artists featured here including Michael Jackson, New Order, Dolly Parton, The Breeders through to the more obscure electronic acts like Adult, Royksopp and Peaches it's both an educational trip and a party at the same time. It may not be the perfect example of bootleg culture, but then Soulwax were never a stereotypical example of a rock band. They're too clever to avoid any meaningless pigeon hole the media can throw at them and "As Heard On Radio Soulwax" is all the better for it.

Alex McCann

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