Hot on the heals of Compy 30, you could consider this a sister-compilation; it's got all the longer, slower tracks that I've loved recently, but never quite fitted into previous compies. Luckily they all work together really well on this one. Includes Legowelt, Mike Dehnert and Matt Karmil.
Released around the same time as his last album (Crystal Cult 2080), the Los Alamos Motel EP from Legowelt contains all the catchy tunes that Crystal Cult 2080 lacked. Videophone to Space is a suitably low-key, opening track, the melancholy melody sheer perfection! This is followed by the mangled vocal snippets and driving bassline of Construction, one of the highlights from Mike Denhert's last album Lichtbedingt, before the soft hypnotic beats of Matt Karmil's Frankrike (Float) take over. (I reviewed Karmil's album ----).
The beautifully downbeat vocals of Jonnine Standish offer a subtle contrast in proceedings with The Body You Deserve, the closing track from HTRK's recent album Psychic 9-5 Club. I highly recommended that album.
Then we head into the three long but truly satisfying tracks from Karen Gwyer, Actress and DFRNT. Clocking in at a mammoth 16 minutes, Lay Claim to My Grub from Gwyer's EP New Roof (released earlier this year) never outlasts it's welcome. Built round a growing, addictive and repetitive groove, it's simply epic. Then, in contrast, the muddy, slightly depressing textures of Actress's Grey Over Blue (from recent album Ghettoville) darkens your spirits... in a good way of course, before the wonderful Boards of Canada-influenced Mountain by Alex Cowles, aka Scottish producer DFRNT. Erika's spooky Tunneling finishes things off as Legowelt started: suitably low-key.
|1||Legowelt||Videophone to Space||Los Alamos Motel||00:00|
|3||Matt Karmil||Frankrike (Float)||----||10:40|
|4||HTRK||The Body You Deserve||Psychic 9-5 Club||20:18|
|5||Karen Gwyer||Lay Claim to My Grub||New Roof||26:18|
|6||Actress||Grey Over Blue||Ghettoville||42:17|
Time 1:03:37. Size: 113MB. Quality: 249kbs. Download Compy 31.