Album: Various artists, Ed Rec Vol III (Ed Banger)

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In the past few years, Parisian label Ed Banger has emerged as Europe's foremost purveyor of nonconformist dance music, most notably through the release of Justice v Simian's anthem "Never Be Alone" and Uffie's snooty fem-rap classic "Pop the Glock". The third instalment of the label's regular round-ups includes all the major players: Justice, Uffie, Busy P, DJ Mehdi and Mr Oizo. It's a mixed bag, but highlights include the Hitchcockian strings of Justice's "Stress (Autoremix)", the techno-metal of Sebastian's "Dog", the brain-freaking blip-house of So Me's "Decalcomania" and Uffie's perplexingly titled "Robot Oeuf".

Pick of the Album: They are still your friends: Justice's 'Stress (Autoremix)'