After more than a decade on the front lines of New York City's music scene DJing other people's records, Lambkin departed in 2004 for a small town outside of Stuttgart where he finally began making his own music in the relative quiet of the German countryside. Since then, the tracks he has produced reflect both his longstanding love of house music and a life lived in nightclubs. From the Cradle to the Rave, with its analog sounds and precise arrangements, is an inspired and beautifully crafted update of classic house, refurbished to feel fresh and new. "Tuff Enuff," the first of the album's nine tracks, rests on a brawny bassline that's suddenly engulfed in a radiant Kraftwerk synthscape, while "I Found Love" lays down funk-driven electric bass currents under vocals processed to depths lower than Barry White's. "Losing My Patience" has a chorus built on lush backing keys and soulful, trembling vocals; "Take 'Em Up" may be the best rollerskating anthem of 1980 never written. "Answering Machine" adds synthetic strings to a mix that already includes quivering soprano keys and wonderfully off-kilter vocals, and "Triumph!!" casts incredibly long, cosmic synth shadows across the album's monumentally epic finish. Lambkin is joined on this excellent debut full-length by notable contributors: James Murphy co-wrote several tracks and mixed the album, while Juan Maclean, Janine "Planningtorock" Rostron, LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, House of House's Saheer Umar and ex-Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up's Ian Svenonious all contribute vocals to From the Cradle's stellar arc of songs.