With some well-received albums already to her name, French born Miss Kittin (aka Caroline Herv) unleashes this Bugged Out! mix. Split into a â€˜Perfect Nightâ€™ and â€˜Perfect Dayâ€™ disc, the mixes duly shows both sides of her faÃ§ade â€“ the unhinged, slightly bonkers MDMA-caners-wet-dream club mix and the electronic-tinged sounds of the sketchy day after. Like many decent mix albums before it, the main strength in this album is its sheer unpredictability and refusal to adhere to the build-up/release formula inherent to many live sets. In fact, at times it leaves your brain feeling positively scattered.
Thankfully â€˜Perfect Nightâ€™ cuts to the chase and starts off nice and brutally with DJ Kâ€™s paranoia inducing â€˜Plastic Peopleâ€™ and El Locoâ€™s brooding â€˜Ibiza.â€™ Then itâ€™s a journey through squelchy acid (Cajmeerâ€™s â€˜Percolatorâ€™) off-kilter electronica (Miskâ€™s aptly named â€˜Vakuum Audiâ€™) and relentless, pummelling techno (Adam Beyerâ€™s â€˜A Walking Contradiction part 1). Peaking midway through with the brilliant Hacker remix of â€˜Freefallâ€™ by Fixmer/McCarthy, itâ€™s swiftly followed by the dubby Chemical Brothers b-side â€˜Base 6â€™ before things get a bit weirder on our ass. Still hammering it out, the likes of Modeselektorâ€™s â€˜Hasirâ€™ complete with screaming woman and breaks beats are just confounding. Ending it typically unconventional, weâ€™re hit with classic early nineties old skool in the shape of Awesome 3â€™s â€˜Donâ€™t Goâ€™, more meaty house a la Front 242â€™s â€˜First In, First Outâ€™, before ending with the unlikely yet brilliant â€˜My Red Carâ€™ by Squarepusher and the bizarre â€˜Perfect Girlâ€™ by Acromose.
Despite the Balearica-tinged red herring of â€˜Shadowsâ€™ by Wagon Christ hinting that â€˜Perfect Dayâ€™ may be a lush come-down compilation, thereâ€™s actually much more substance to this mix. The electronica gem that is â€˜Metal Slaveâ€™ by Donato Dozzy typifies the dark moodiness of the opening segue, while later Jay Hazeâ€™s looping â€˜Grooveâ€™ and Aphex Twinâ€™s version of Curveâ€™s â€˜Falling Treeâ€™ both border on the unlistenable. Yet amidst all this there are moments of beauty in the form of the Two Lone Swordsmen sublime mix of Saint Etienneâ€™s â€˜Heart Failedâ€™ and the gorgeous electronic grooves of Richard Devineâ€™s â€˜Untitled A1â€™. Yet, for all its brilliant moments, â€˜Perfect Dayâ€™ does at times get a bit overwhelming and, well, boring with the likes of Concept 1â€™s â€˜08:00â€™ never threatening to take us anywhere interesting. Fortunately though, moving on it gets much stronger courtesy of the lush â€˜Inside Your Heavenâ€™ by Static and the spaced-out finale.