The most popular way of collecting club singles for those of us not privy to the white-label scene—or a huge bank account—is the continuous-mix compilation CD. A name DJ will take his favorite records or those of one label and construct a smoothly segued set of tracks as if he were DJing a club or rave. A resident DJ at the Capitol Ballroom’s Friday-night Buzz parties has collected the best vibes from Sm:)e Records’ rather dubious catalog (Sm:)e often seems like the K-Tel of techno) on Sm:)e Mix Session Volume 1 by DJ Scott Henry. From the eerie, proto-jungle classic, “Mr. Kirk’s Nightmare,” by 4 Hero to the empty-headed disco of G-Netic’s “Feel the Rhythm (Eat Me mix),” Henry deftly combines funky breakbeats, thumping techno, and happy house into a syndetic whole. As with most straight-ahead dance music, Mix Session’s hypno beats sound best when you are doing something else besides intently listening, whether it be dancing, practicing taxidermy, or opening your chi with some feng shui. Fans of Henry’s energetic Buzz sets, wanting to take home a bit of the night life, a bit of the boogie, a bit of the disco high, will not be disappointed.

—Christopher Porter