Review: With the renewed attention surrounding industrial and EBM in the last few years (and its influence on techno, again), it's important that someone with credentials gives the new generation a decent history lesson. Fitting that Berghain resident and MDR boss Marcel Dettmann curates a compilation of classics from the sound's heyday: here's someone who actually lived through it. As part of Amsterdam imprint Dekmantel's Selectors Series, these gems from yesteryear should certainly set the record straight and provide solid reference points for new school retroverts. Highlights (and there's many) include: Belgian EBM legends Front 242 with "Don't Crash", Philadelphia industrial underdogs Executive Slacks' "So Mote It Be" and the mandatory Cabs track comes in the form of "Low Cool" (the Marcel Dettmann Edit, no less). It wouldn't be a proper industrial comp without a bit of Wax Trax! would it? Label staples Ministry appear with their 1982 song "Same Old Madness", a period in the band's history that some consider their finest.
Review: Belgium's Sub Rosa come through with their seventh edition of their mighty noise and electronic compilation and as per usual, it contains just about every sort of style and genre within the electronic domain, handsomely packed in a 39 track format. These editions have always been great for people who have either owned these records on vinyl or tape and want to listen to them with ease, or for the ones who wish to gain some insight into the history of noise, drone and beyond. Of course, the seventh edition is ridden with both classics and obscurities, such as Mika Vainio's "Transformer 7" - one of the man's craziest pieces - and we praise Sub Rosa once again for their gorgeous efforts.