Summer Forest is responsible for the book Searching for the Perfect Beat: Flyer Designs of the American Rave Scene and Rise, a documentary on the electronic music scene in New Orleans.

Summer Forest is responsible for the book Searching for the Perfect Beat: Flyer Designs of the American Rave Scene and Rise, a documentary on the electronic music scene in New Orleans. With the release of Defining Tech, Summer can add record compiler/conceptualizer to her résumé, as she has assembled this ever-timely multi-artist set. Like Ministry of Sound's This Is Tech-Pop—21st Century Electro and New Wave and Ghostly International's Tangent 2002: Disco Nouveau, Defining Tech explores the synth-hued nü-electro landscape. Scene darlings FischerSpooner, Miss Kittin & the Hacker, Peaches, Adult, and Felix Da Housecat are very present—as are less familiar names (for some, that is) like Dexter ("I Don't Care") and Bug Orchestra ("You Don't Sleep"). Tracks like "(There Is No) Electricity" by Memory Boy (aka John Selway), "This Is It" by Mr. Velcro Fastener, and Tommie Sunshine's mix of Bis' "The End Starts Today" are body-rockin' delicious.—MP

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