This Ain't Chicago - Various Artists
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  • Summary: The two-disc set of UK house and acid music was compiled by house DJ Richard Sen.
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  1. Jul 20, 2012
    85
    Every selection here is strong, and though scholars may have heard the lion's share of these tracks already, this is a sturdy, enlightening gateway into a realm that isn't easily penetrable for those who weren't there.
  2. Jul 24, 2012
    80
    This part of the past is not so much a source of rare metals to be strip-mined, but a seed bank of rare or lost varieties. [Jul 2012, p.63]
  3. Jul 20, 2012
    80
    This full of 303 squelches and flat, ever wonderful 808 thups-thups, sinister vocals and robot rumba rhythms. [Aug 2012, p.102]
  4. Jul 30, 2012
    80
    This Ain't Chicago does exactly what it's supposed to do: make you wish you were there.
  5. Jul 20, 2012
    77
    It's this sense of fearless overreach that unites This Ain't Chicago's best moments, with producers capitalizing on house's additive structure by piling on every trick they can think of to create top-heavy epics of bristling sonics and contradictory moods.
  6. Jul 20, 2012
    70
    Armed with some equally intriguing sleeve notes, This Ain't Chicago is more than just a collection; it's a journey.
  7. Aug 17, 2012
    70
    Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the most effective tracks on This Ain't Chicago are the ones that most closely mimic the Chicago and Detroit sounds.