The New York-based dance label Ultra excels at neat summations of current electronic-music fads: Its recent electroclash compilation pitted young nü-wavers like Chicks on Speed and Fischerspooner against their stalwart '80s antecedents, and its new trance set, though by definition creatively atrophied, condenses all the big-room exhilaration that scene has to offer into one handy package. But the label's real pleasures are its down-tempo mix CDs, which routinely stand out in an increasingly crowded chill-out field thanks to their catholic track lists and subtle segues, and the refined, self-conscious sense of yuppie chic that makes them such a hit at... More >>>