<Eclectic House/Tech/Disco> The secret to the success of the Balance compilation series is that the DJs/Producers selected to compile and mix these albums are carefully chosen to push the boundaries of mixing styles and diverse track selection. They’re actually given pretty much an open canvas to do so as they please and participants take this challenge seriously by producing an album more likely to impress their colleagues and trainspotters than the masses. It’s a double disc affair and No. 016 has been placed in the hands of French producer and DJ Agoria. What you get is 12 exclusive tracks along with about another 40 odd tracks mixed, looped and edited to create a sound collage quite different to your average DJ mixed compilation. Featuring a really eclectic selection of artists including the likes of Tosca, Glimpse, Tipper, Felix La Band, Boozoo Bajou – and that’s just disc one! – Agoria delivers as meaningful a piece of work as one can with a DJ comp. DJ Mixes don’t always have to be about jumping up and down to a beat and this Agoria proves on this excellent and substantial offering. A thoroughly immersive album for those looking for more depth in dance/ electronica.