In the early '80s, New York's club scene was peppered with clubs like Mudd Club, Danceteria and Peppermint Lounge, which had non-existent music policies.

In the early '80s, New York's club scene was peppered with clubs like Mudd Club, Danceteria and Peppermint Lounge, which had non-existent music policies. In other words, clubgoers would hear a lively mix of disco, punk, funk, rock and new-wave stylings. Today, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based quartet the Rapture joins England's Basement Jaxx in celebrating such musical freedom. In the process, these acts are putting "life" back into "nightlife." Club kids are well aware of the Rapture, as its Happy Mondays-hued 2002 single, "House of Jealous Lovers" (included here), continues to wreck dancefloors. The track is one of several choice selections on this, the act's sophomore set, produced by über-hot duo DFA. A track like "Sister Savior" recalls Blondie and Technotronic, while "Olio" revels in melancholic house music à la Larry Heard. Throughout, Luke Jenner's vocals tremble and scorch.—MP

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