The Reason(s) We Can’t Stop Listening: You know what’s a great way to get our immediate attention if you’re compiling a mixtape? Including a Tracey Thorn remix. Easily one of the greatest electronic music vocalists of all time, Thorn knows just how to yank our heartstrings in the heat of the night’s cold-pressed blips and beeps. And since she’s being tweaked by Ada on this here Adaptations collection, you can rest assured that the ride’s only gonna get more melodramatic. The Berlin-based DJ/producer offers up an immaculately-blended mix of original tracks and remixes, including an electro-tinged take on Booka Shade (“Vertigo Vs. Cha”), a twinkle-toed techno-pop cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs (“Maps,” as mixed by Michael Mayer and Tobias Thomas), a sick Alex Smoke remix (“Never Want To See You Again”), and a moonlit duet with Apparat (“Lovestoned”). Melodic not minimal, and accessible not austere, it’s a solid intro to one of Germany’s true crowd-pleasers.
RIYL: Crying into your liquid GHB vial; pretending you’re at Panorama; schaffel with your schnitzel