Reviewed by FdW (Vital Weekly)
Did I ever tell you how great compilations are? I sure did. They offer an overview of a label, a movement, an introduction with young artists, exclusive tracks of your favourite artists and the like. And did I ever tell you they are a nightmare to review? Which tracks to highlight? Who do we not mention? Not an easy task, certainly not when it's a double pack and certainly not when the label is called Planet Mu. They were down in my book as a label for all sorts of
Gargantuan second compilation on the excellent Planet Mu imprint, this time scattering highlights from the label’s hugely impressive back-catalogue across two packed-out cd’s. Check this for a lineup of artists : Luke Vibert, Jega, Venetian Snares, Hrvatski, Sh*tmat, Subjex, Lexaunculpt, Leafcutter John, Frog Pocket, The Gasman, Chevron, Joseph Nothing, Local, Nautilis, Ambulance, Phthalocyanine, Dykehouse vs Frost Jockey, Guilty Connector and loads more.
If you read these names, you’re either in it or not: OOO, Luke Vibert, Shitmat, Venetian Snares, Guilty Connector, Hrvatski, Leafcutter John, Urban Myth, Jega (with his first track in years), Patrick Wolf, Tatsuya Yoshida (disguised as Joseph Nothing) and many many more. Only one musician is missing, and that is Mike Paradinas aka µ-ziq himself, and that is an even better statement, since he is the label-owner as well. Spill the beans, are you with it or no?
Possibly indicating a sea-change in the world of electronica, the spastic beats and off-beat vocals on Patrick Wolf's "A Boy Like Me", and Leafcutter John's pedal-steel guitar and harmonica lament "In A House or A Soul" sound a lot fresher and more of-the-moment than the more IDM based tracks on this compilation. Although there a some other great moments - Chevron's "Swimmin Lessons" is a great dislocated electro-tinged breakcore ragga track, with ghostly, reverbed
- DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik
- Machinedrum - Room(s)
- Pritch & Trim - Stereotype
- Tropics - Parodia Flare
- Anti-G - Presents 'Kentje'sz Beatsz'
- Various - Ghettoteknitianz E.P.
- Kuedo - Severant
- Chrissy Murderbot - Women's Studies
- Boxcutter - The Dissolve
- NastyNasty - No Names
- FaltyDL - You Stand Uncertain
- Chrissy Murderbot - Bussin Down
- Boxcutter - Allele
- Various - Bangs & Works Vol.1
- DJ Roc - The Crack Capone
- Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In
- Various - 14 Tracks From Planet Mu
- DJ Spinn - Man I Do It EP
- DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
- Numan - Race Against Time
- Ital Tek - Midnight Colour
- DJ Nate - Da Trak Genious
- Tropics - Soft Vision E.P.
- Mrs Jynx - Shark Carousel