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Audacious mix LP from DJ and hip label manager Andy Votel

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The mix album is a curious beast. With the odd exception?notably DJ Andy Smith’s The Document and David Holmes’ Essential Mix?it makes awkward bedfellows of wildly disparate tracks. This, however, is the very reason Twisted Nerve label boss and DJ Andy Votel’s effort is a triumph. It’s a sprawling (76 ‘tracks’ in 78 minutes), wide-ranging romp from Bacharach to Zappa through all points between, governed only by Votel’s obsessive love of music and apparent short attention span. With no track listing, you usually have no idea what you’re listening to, which is both frustrating and enormously liberating.


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