14 tracks from Planet Mu
Reviewed by Sarah Ferguson Source: (Exclaim)
Deep urban grooves and bass-y IDM pervade this compilation of current music from UK-based Planet Mu. The label's debut release of 2011 could be likened to a rich tapestry of beats calmly woven with muted downtempo shades of drum & bass and dubstep. A gently illuminating vocal sample aligns beauty with intelligent drum & bass, lighting up first song "Solar" by Oriol. Ireland's Solar Bears guide the record softly and cinematically with the exclusive "To Be With Her." Floating Points continue down this street, adding soulful vocals and percussive brilliance with "K&G Beat." "Give It Up" by Tropics incorporates interesting sounds, but fails to create exciting energy or a clear progression, while the Internal Tulips offer low-key digital pop lullaby "Parasol." With "Starfox," Kuedo ups the energy, winding us through spaced-out dubstep imaginings before "Topaz" by Ceephax Acid Crew brings it home with bumpin' analogue synths that would sit comfortably as the new theme song for Fashion Television (after "Obsession" by Animotion). Fans of experimental beats with bass won't regret picking up this solid collection.
- Rudi Zygadlo - Great Western Laymen
- FaltyDL - Endeavour
- Ikonika - Dckhdbtch
- FaltyDL - Phreqaflex
- DJ Nate - Hatas Our Motivation
- Oriol - Night And Day
- Vex'd - Cloud Seed
- Terror Danjah - Power Grid E.P.
- Oriol - Coconut Coast
- Ital Tek - Moment In Blue E.P.
- Rossi B & Luca (feat. Killa P.) - E10 Riddim
- Starkey - Ear Drums And Black Holes
- The Internal Tulips - Mislead Into A Field By A Deformed Deer
- Starkey - Stars (feat. Anneka)
- Slugabed - Ultra Heat Treated E.P.
- Venetian Snares - Horsey Noises
- FaltyDL - Love Is A Liability
- Luke Vibert - We Hear You
- Boxcutter - Arecibo Message
- Shitmat - One Foot In The Rave
- Terror Danjah - Industry Standard Part 4
- Terror Danjah - Gremlinz (The Instrumentals 2003-2009)
- Burnkane - You Know
- Subeena Ft. Jamie Woon & Om'Mas Keith - Solidify