Leave it to Ministry of Sound to be one of the first stateside labels to introduce contemporary electro compilations to the masses. Whether the music is dubbed nÜ-electro, neo-electro, electroc

Leave it to Ministry of Sound to be one of the first stateside labels to introduce contemporary electro compilations to the masses. Whether the music is dubbed nü-electro, neo-electro, electrocrash, or electroclash, one thing's for certain: It recalls synth-driven dance/pop of the '80s (think Yaz, Depeche Mode, Bobby "O" Orlando)

and Detroit techno from the '90s. Perhaps more importantly, it offers much-needed respite from other forms of dance music. This Is Tech-Pop is a fine primer for novices and seasoned clubgoers alike. It includes genre-defining music by the likes of FischerSpooner ("Emerge"), Circ ( "Destroy She Said"), Swayzak ("State of Grace"), Felix da Housecat ("Happy Hour"), and Selway ("Pozition"). Ladytron's "Playgirl" is playfully re-tweaked by Zombie Nation, while Dave Clarke cleverly reconstructs Mirwais' "Naïve Song." Brooklyn, N.Y.'s own Crossover appears via the deliriously delicious "Extensive Care."—MP