This Is Tech-Pop: 21st Century Electro and New Wave

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