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Various Artists Ed Rec Vol. 1

  • Words: Aaron Ashley
  • Label: Ed Banger-Vice
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Nu-French Touch label Ed Banger had a hell of a 2006, with Mr. Flash, Justice, and Uffie coming on full-force in Europe and the U.S. Vice Recordings has capitalized on the label's growing Stateside popularity by issuing the download-only Ed Rec Vol. 1, and there's no better an introduction to the bass-heavy catalog than this set. Banner tracks like Uffie's icy, vocoder-smart "Pop the Glock" and Justice's crunchy "Waters of Nazareth" come standard, but for a bit more electro-infused fun, try the DJ Mehdi-Chromeo collabo "I Am Somebody" or Krazy Baldhead's chopped-and-screwed grime take "Crazy Mothafuckers.

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