It’s hard for anybody to make anything new anymore. It can definitely be done, but why bother when you can just take a board game and make it into a movie? Why not just make a movie from the ’80s into an updated version, like Footloose? Most of the time, these revamped versions turn out to suck a big bag of shit. Other times, getting on the nostalgia train can work; if tweaked in just the right fashion. The Ecstasy label is a great example of how to take a retro sound and make it your own. It’s laid-back, fun techno and house that harkens back to the early days of electronic music.
Tracks like “Roland Times” by Etbonz bring back the classic female vocal track, with some analog synth jams busting out behind the vocal whispers. It’s a perfect late-night beat to keep you moving. In fact, if I didn’t get a description about the label, I would think this is a reissue from the early ’90s. “Edgewise” by Leech sounds like somebody is continuously busting into a phat Chris Sheppard dance mix, chopping and splicing it into wonky loops. You can now pick up this compilation and trick your brain into thinking this is how good the music used to be on MuchMusic’s Electric Circus. It’s much better that way.