Various Artists Total 10 Review

Compilation. Released 2009.  

BBC Review

A decade on and it doesn't feel like the party's over yet

Colin Buttimer 2009

Kompakt's tenth annual singles compilation features many of the usual suspects, including DJ Koze, Justus Köhncke, Gui Boratto, Reinhard Voigt and Jürgen Paape. Though it might have become something of an institution over the course of a decade, the Total series deserves your attention: why miss out on two and a half hours of characteristically svelte, high-quality dance music?

The 21-track compilation begins with the unlikely sounds of an extended tennis rally, replete with one player's grunts as she repeatedly returns the ball; the audience's reactions suggest it's a stellar match. As the ball is still in play three minutes later, it’s clear the players are as superhuman as the extended beats the match eventually gives way to. In short: DJ Koze's 40 Love makes for an excellent opener.

Justus Köhncke's (It’s Gonna Be) Alright could be the collection's subtitle, such are the good vibes exuded from many of Total 10's tracks – here, Dirk Leyers' remix effortlessly stretches Köhncke's original to the ten-minute mark.

This is actually the first time a Total compilation has featured remixes, and one of the most notable is Gui Boratto's treatment of UK artist Sam Taylor Wood's cover of The Passions' I'm In Love With A German Film Star. It stretches, teases and finesses the song to elicit maximum dancefloor delight.

The music is of a consistently high quality throughout, so it's difficult to pick individual highlights, but Thomas Fehlmann's mix of The Field's The More I Do is special: hypnotically ethereal, but more driven than the original. Kompakt 10 might end on a subdued note with Pachanga Boys' Fiesta Forever, but a decade on it doesn't feel like the party's over yet.

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