Review: US compilation kings Straight Up! rep the glitch scene once again. Their fifth collection in this series, it's business as usual as they explore every corner of the globe for the most exciting, creative sounds of the genre. Naturally they've nailed it as we're bombarded with raw creativity. Highlights include the lush emotional west coast funk synths of Au5 & Fractal's "Subvert", the psychedelic acid bubbles of Mizchief's savage dub-twisted "Hitman", the euphoric synth jet streams of Virtu's "Reyes" and the more experimental, tightly edited vocal cuts and insane reverse bass techniques on Left Side Dear's "Grapefruit Incident". 25 tracks in total, there's no better representation of contemporary glitches, Straight Up have delivered big time.
Review: As far as compilations go, a lot of the time labels and artists struggle to find a defining set of voices within. This selection from the guys at Shanti Planti entitled 'Rhythm Code III' is a great example of how to do it right however. The tracklisting ranges drastically in styles, from the smoother sounds of Wolf Tech's 'Interstellar Transmissions' and 'Plant Pontificate' from Chris Komas, to the more neurotic vibes of Ecometric's 'Embers' or EurthmY's 'Delirium'. A special shout has to go to Duffrey and Sub.conscious for their futuristic contributions also.