The number of mixes I received in the RFT
's recent DJ spin-off contest certainly showed me that St. Louis has way more going on in the electronic underground than many might suspect. But it's still surprising that DJ Mike Gow
's Residents: Vol. 1
is the first-ever mix CD released in stores (and iTunes and Napster, of course) by a St. Louis DJ. Issued by New York's Curvve Recordings, the seven-months-in-the-making Residents
which features N'dea Davenport, Joi Cardwell, Deepsky and others is a sublime collection, downtempo enough for a mellow night out, but with enough driving beats and variety to incite exuberant booty-shaking as well.