Review: Kicking off the double-headed mix album opus that forms the third such compilation on their own Monkeytown imprint, this EP offers up the individual tracks for those who crave them. The first disc unfurls in serene electronica tones from such luminaries as Fennesz, Nosaj Thing and somewhat surprisingly The Fall. Akkord's supple, dark techno gets channeled here into a more brooding broken beat excursion, but it's more of an exception to the sweet-natured quality in most of the tracks. When the likes of Howling and Born In Flamez close out the compilation, the tone has shifted to outright indie styles with a Sigur Ros regality about them.
Review: Representing a spread of some of the strongest operators in the ever-more fractious world of electronica, Bleep celebrates ten years of operations with this strong package of exclusive tracks. The styles run the gamut from nervy droning sub-techno courtesy of Gas through to Nathan Fake's charmingly fuzzy melodic bombast. Notable inclusions come from Machinedrum with an excellent line in live drum funk, Autechre refiguring the slow jam as a hallucinatory march, and Shackleton turning out some fiery percussive patterns. When the cast also includes Lone, Oneohtrix Point Never, Untold and many more besides, who needs any more convincing?
Clark - "Strength Through Fragility" - (2:18) 125 BPM
Nosaj Thing - "2K" - (2:32) 135 BPM
Review: Danish power trio of electro-pop persuasion consisting of of drummer/DJ/producer Tomas Barfod, and the two-headed vocal monster singer/bassist Tomas Hoffding, AKA Bon Homme and singer/guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg present us with a dreamy, deep and ethereal journey much in the vein of their own productions as a continuous mix. Highlight include The Acid's "Ra" (David August Remix), George Fitzgerald's melodic journey track "Your Two Faces" and DJ Tennis with "Diversions" and the Roman Flugel remix of it which is just amazing. All in all a consistent mix that'll help you drift away wonderfully. Available as individual tracks plus a bonus continuous mix.