Greatest and not so great hits from techno pioneers

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Inner City Good Life: The Best Of – EMI Gold

So instant was Inner City’s commercial success in the late ’80s that leader Kevin Sanderson’s status as a techno innovator is sometimes underplayed. Tracks like “Good Life” and “Ain’t Nobody Better” are classic reminders of a time when this music was a light and mobile antidote to ’80s stodge. Unlike Juan Atkins and Derrick May, however, Inner City slipped a little too easily down Joe Public’s gullet. Once you get past the hits, there isn’t much more by way of substance here.