Albert Van Abbe - "Bloodhoney Triggerbee" - (7:13) 130 BPM
Perel - "Karlsson" - (7:01) 123 BPM
Jor-El - "Human Matrix" - (7:35) 128 BPM
Karima F - "Flaccid House" - (5:39) 126 BPM
GOTT - "En Blick Ufs Matterhorn" - (6:17) 120 BPM
Break SL - "Bye Bye 627" - (6:05) 122 BPM
Qnete - "In Transit" - (6:06) 125 BPM
Review: As the pleasingly matter-or-fact title makes clear, this compilation gathers together 15 of the standout tracks released by Dresden label Uncanny Valley in 2019. As you'd expect, it offers a tastily off-kilter collection of cuts that variously mix and match elements of deep house, cheery nu-disco, dub disco, acid-fired early morning anthems, saucer-eyed hardcore rave revivalism, superior tech-house and throbbing electro-disco, with the contributions from Credit OO, Jules Etienne, Perel, The Golden Filter, Jor-El and Break SL standing out. That said, all 15 tracks are superb and firmly focused on the dancefloor. In a word: essential.
Review: Uncanny Valley ends the year with a 13-track retrospective that sums up why it is such an idiosyncratic label. 13 Tracks moves in style from the bizarre acid beats of "Macho Man" by Mr Incognito and Amrint Keen's vaguely epic electro track "Believe" into more dance floor friendly tracks. These include the moody, atmospheric techno of Qnete's "Alone Together" and Chino's acid-heavy "Kolaps". In between these ends of the spectrum there are once-heard, never forgotten moments such as the vocal electro of Credit 00's amazing "Hammer Jack Voices Wall" and Serial Error's tribal house meets new beat track "Drum Abuse (Vocal)" - which both underline again what an idiosyncratic label that Uncanny Valley is.