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As Soulwax, Belgian brothers David and Stephen Dawaele create mash-up bootleg classics, tapping into some of the most ingeniously bizarre pairings of the bastard-pop movement to create tracks like "Public Prince" (Public Enemy's "Nighttrain" riding Prince's "1999" riff) and "Dreadlock Child" (Destiny's Child vs. 10cc). On these three sets, they take that aesthetic to the moon.

Widely available as an import, Pt. 2 is the most straightforward dance set of the three. Even if you're no Peaches fan, or distrust ideas like computer-bleep remakes of "I Wanna Be Your Dog," you'll sit through them just to get to the good stuff. Skee-Lo's "I Wish" and the Breeders' "Cannonball" finally make the sweet, sweet love they were always meant to share; ditto ELP's "Peter Gunn Theme (Live)" and Basement Jaxx's "Where's Your Head At." And the way the DJ's slam Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" into the chill-out techno of Royksopp's "Eple" is the segue of the year.

The surrounding volumes are tougher to come by but worth the effort. On Pt. 1, it's revelatory how easily the Beach Boys' a cappella track of "God Only Knows" fits over the opening of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." (Who knew the Beach Boys had rhythm?) And the way the sequence of David Bowie's "Modern Love," Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" and Hairy Diamond's "Givin' Up" keeps speeding up before handing off the relay to Freelance Hellraiser's "A Stroke of Genius" (Christina Aguilera + the Strokes) is one of the most absurdly thrilling things I've ever heard.

Pt. 3 doesn't peak as often, but it sustains its highs even longer. It also has perhaps the most ingenious extended sequence of any of the discs: a series that begins with Garbage's "Androgyny," ends with Modjo's "Lady," takes in "girl" and "boy" songs by Blur, Prince, the Chemical Brothers, Sabrina, Motley Crue, the Waitresses and the Moments, and works. Residual culture has seldom sounded like so much fun.

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