Under its bacchanalian banner, two soon-to-be iconic DJs were staking their claim with marathon sets featuring acid house and epic, progressive beats. Sasha & Digweed are household names today; they were already being touted as heroes in their homeland back then. This massive, three-disc anniversary mix sums it all up, from Leftfield's dub breaks and the diva-led frenzy of the first disc to the deep dramatic pulses (including Moby's classic "Go") on the third. Though the high-energy inclinations are slightly out of touch, Renaissance is an invigorating account of an influential epoch in techno music and an aural background of its two most significant purveyors. It's a beautifully packaged time capsule for those who don't want to forget as well as for those who can't actually remember.
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