Live At Robert Johnson's first Lifesaver compilation, released in 2013, offered an essential snapshot of the infamous club-turned-label's expanding roster, delivering tracks from respected heads and relative newcomers alike. This second installment ploughs a similar furrow, on one hand showcasing woozy dancefloor gear from familiar favourites (see Roman Flugel's formidable, sci-fi tinged analogue jam, "Tender Hooligan", and the beatbox electro-meets-spiraling synth-scapes of Lauer's "Language"), and genuinely impressive music from lesser-known names. In the latter category you'll find some genuine highlights, including the deliciously Balearic electronics of Chinsaski ("Futuresex"), and the Uncanny Valley style, semi-organic deep house chug of Benedikt Frey.
After a period on the sidelines, the Clone Crown Series returns in triumphant fashion with the first of two planned releases from Gary Gritness, a new project from French artist Tim Becherand. An experienced studio hand, Becherand has credits on works by artists as varied as Orlando Voorn, Dam-Funk, Grant Nelson, and Boddhi Satva to his name, and also experience of playing in various ensembles. The Frenchman resurfaces as Gritness for Clone some 4 years after his first appearance on a split release by My Love Is Underground and this is a much more comprehensive display of his production range. Clearly indebted by the sounds of US cities Detroit, Oakland, and Atlanta, the four tracks here are quite unique with the fast paced flex of "Ridin' With Runner Joe" a notable highlight.