LAURENT GARNIER Excess Luggage (F-Communications) Rating: NNNN
French label F-Communications has started a new series of live mix CDs, something too rare in these days of computer-aided compilations. This one stretches across three CDs, and another two are available only through the label's Web site. The first, Mix At Sonar, is a journey through the quirkier, edgier regions of classic house and early Detroit techno. The second, Mix In Detroit, focuses more on contemporary classy deep tech-house and is sexy in a refined European way. The third, PBB Late Night Mix, is a strange ambient jazz mix in which Garnier manages to drop the Tindersticks and then Squarepusher two songs later. A great collection of three distinct moods, mixed expertly.