I have no idea how to review this. It was always the CD I’d put on before going out when I was around 18, so it’s definitely served a purpose. Out of that context though, it’s never been something I’ve listened to intently and it’s quite tough to do so. It’s a high octane party record, not one to be listened to while lying on the couch typing out a review on a laptop.
As Heard on Radio Soulwax is primarily made up of mashups, which were pretty popular at the time, thanks to singles such as “Freak Like Me” by The Sugababes. Some of them work a lot better than others, and the ones that stand out most for me are Destiny’s Child/10CC, Salt-N-Pepa/The Stooges and Skee-Lo/The Breeders. These are probably the only tracks that could work outside of this album, with the vast majority of the record played out like a DJ mix (probably because that’s what it is). It’s an exciting ride through a load of different eras of music, all brought together in one hour-long mix with very little let up. It’s fun and often quite impressive, but that’s about it.
I’m glad the next album on my list is a depressing alt. country album. That’s far closer to my comfort zone.