An excellent compilation marking Eighth Dimension's eighth anniversary is a great opportunity to inform the world that Orlando is still capable of nurturing progressive beat culture. Too bad it looks like a high-school Illustrator project. Yeah, the music's what counts, and ultimately it's clear that designer Frederick Barr was going for some sort of Jet Age sexiness, but the result is unfortunately amateurish. Good thing the 11 tracks within represent exactly the kind of sound that Orlando's electro reputation should be built upon. Michael Donaldson (Q-Burns Abstract Message) and Gerard Mitchell have consistently maintained a high level of quality for their sporadic 8D releases and the cuts here -- culled from various singles -- prove that musically, they've been anything but amateurish in their quest for forward-looking talent. Recent cuts like the deep groove/hip-hop of "Steel Contraption" (BMF and Swamburger), Pimp Daddy Nash's electro-glam "Dick 'Em Down Jones" and the previously unreleased "Gottagetback" by Q-Burns show that the label's only getting better with age.
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