The 10th installation in Universal Music's ongoing 12"/80s collection, which has taken a broad dive at the immense wave of new found sound through the label's deep catalog since 2005, celebrates birth of the decade's most prominent new genres - American hip-hop and club music.

The three-disc venture glosses over the era's range of influences, digging through adapted Detroit techno and Chicago house sounds, as well as curbed inspirations from '60s/'70s funk and soul. As it sounds, the collection is furiously diverse, giving light to the some of the earliest forms of sampling in modern club history. And as with a lot of historical perspectives, the beloved memories are often washed over the amateur techniques.

Disc one plays its hand heaviest on pop, featuring remixes and extended plays of singles from Chaka Khan, Carly Simon, and Teena Marie. Early techniques largely inhibited interpretation, so the tracks don't deviate far from the originals aside from length and polished re-mastering. But while the first portion of the series feels like a soft-hand introductory piece, discs two and three give a better understanding of the era's club progressions.

Disc two lays some less familiar work out, bringing in more starkly observant outside influences. While the majority of the tracks are still plushed-out R&B jams, DJ's show off scratch techniques lauded in '90s hip hop, such as Neneh Cherry's closer 'Buffalo Dance'. The movements, although more sparse than one might expect on such a massive an examination of the era, do float above water from time to time.

But aside from welcomed inclusions from N.W.A., Eric B & Rakim, and the sweet soul inspirations of DJs Paradise Garage & Larry Leven, what's felt after four hours of extended mixes is largely vacant. It's a wonderful portrait of the emerging club scene of the '80s, but lacking vision of how the movement came to be and moved forward; a safe-for-work road trip through time that ends up only saying what we already knew.