2001 – Electric Chair – CD 1: 70 mins, CD 2: 77 mins

Apart from the Death row associations, the Electric Chair is one of Manchester's most popular clubs. The club has attracted some of the UK's finest vinyl-spinners who in turn have pulled in an eclectic array of punters every month. The folk behind the club are Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford aka the Unabombers. The duo have been collaborating musically since 1995 and have taken their funked-up fiesta to the masses in several clubs in Europe.

Comprising a mixed and unmixed CD, 'The Electric Chair' is a freestyle journey of yellow-brick road proportions. On EC club nights hungry crowds are fed portions of chopped-up hip-hop, funk, house, disco and breakbeat. The mixed CD (containing six extra tracks) gives a truer flavour of the club than the purist CD two which contains full-length versions of twelve tracks.

From start to finish it's a summer cruise on the funk highway with the lid down. The b-boy philosophizing of Rawcotiks on 'Hardcore Hip Hop' is backdropped to light-limbed beats. Leo Elstob's 'How High' is a funk-disco fusion hand-clapper, followed quickly by the legendary Mr. Scruff roughing up the Capoeira Twins' 'Four (4x3)'. 'Me & Baby Brother' is a funky floor-filler and Chic's 'Chic Cheer' is a super-disco freak-out. German Latino wizard Rainer Truby works his magic on Kim Sander's 'Food for Thought' and an unimaginative reworking of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love' also features, probably to demonstrate how the song has stood the test of time. The penultimate track is by Justin Crawford himself, under the moniker of Only Child. Easily the best track here, 'Space Disco' is an inter-galactic gem of the finest disco funk. An honourable mention must also go to the outro track, 'Get Down Saturday Night', Oliver Cheatham's mellow masterpiece.

If this was a game of 'Family Fortunes', and a hundred people were surveyed about a compilation of tracks that would propel them to the dancefloor, this would have to be the top answer. While you might not make it to double money, these Northern soulsters will make you want to sell your soul for one more track.

Sineád Gleeson

Tracklisting CD1 – Mixed: Turn Off The Lights (Frank De Jo Jo feat. Terri Pace) – New Style Avengaz (2 x Freestyle) - Hardcore Hip Hop mixed by DJ Premier (Rawcotiks) – Take Ya Time (Züm) – How High (Leo Elstob) – Four (4 x 3) mixed by Mr. Scruff (Capoeira Twins) – Here Come One (Electric Soul) – Me & Baby Brother (War) – Chic Cheer (Chic) – Let's Start The Dance III FK Instrumental Club Mix (Hamilton Bohannon) – Food For Thought Trüby Trio Treatment Instrumental (Kim Sanders) – Got To Be Me (H2O) – Ma Foom Bay (Cultural Vibe) – To Be Real (Ladycop) – Take Control (Riton) – I Feel Love Patrick Cowley Megamix (Donna Summer) – Space Disco (Only Child) – Get Down Saturday Night (Oliver Cheatham)

Tracklisting CD2 – Unmixed: Turn Off The Lights (Frank De Jo Jo feat. Terri Pace) – Hardcore Hip Hop mixed by DJ Premier (Rawcotiks) – How High (Leo Elstob) – Four (4 x 3) mixed by Mr. Scruff (Capoeira Twins) – Me & Baby Brother (War) – Chic Cheer (Chic) – Let's Start The Dance III FK Instrumental Club Mix (Hamilton Bohannon) – Food For Thought Trüby Trio Treatment Instrumental (Kim Sanders) – Got To Be Me (H2O) – To Be Real (Ladycop) – I Feel Love Patrick Cowley Megamix (Donna Summer) – Get Down Saturday Night (Oliver Cheatham)