Various Artists: Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

Genre-spanning collection of dancefloor perennials

Considering the stellar line-up on �Last Night…�, maybe there should be more book-meets-music compilations. That said the book lends itself to this format, being that it�s Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster�s exhaustive and brilliant study of the pivotal role of DJs in modern music. A revised edition has just been released and this eclectic album provides aural evidence to support the book�s claim. Flipping through Jamaican ska, original R&B to funk, Motown and electro� on and on it goes. CD1 is almost entirely US-based (James Brown�s screeching, snorting �Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose� is the standout), CD2 chronicles the growing importance of the UK in dance music. Lenny D Ice�s �We Are The IE�, with its rave breakbeats and naff gunshots, may sound dated, but your dad probably got off his nut to it. Hang the DJ? Don�t be silly.

Stephen Worthy