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Compilations - Issue 579

Hound5tooth Five Years

Various

Hound5tooth Five Years

Houndstooth
8.5
Houndstooth’s fifth anniversary compilation is familiar and foreign; a family affair filled with names any fan of the imprint should now recognise, but who collectively are all about delivering the unexpected. Special Request, Call Super, Akkord, Second Storey, and Marquis Hawkes are all present and correct then, all of whom offer up crisp, at times abrasive and broken in other moments rolling weapons, which stand out while never being too statement driven so as to risk disrupting any sets they may be used in. Think thumping low-fi techno bouncers, staccato electro breaks, and slo-mo darkroom junglism, for want of a better vocabulary. On the stylistic flip, though, things are entrenched in otherworldliness, taking us to places where guitars meet field recordings, and dreaminess runs seamlessly into sinister atmosphere. Ethereally-inclined stuff from Guy Andrews, Kahn’s breathy folktronica, the spiritual ambience-cum-noise of Pan Daijing, Snow Ghosts’s post punk electronica, Throwing Snow’s epic cold wave stylings all exemplify why fabric’s sister label has long-since garnered a reputation for daring sonic adventures. Few others on the shelves can have you pumping fists and stamping feet one minute, and exploring the farthest reaches of hallucinatory psychedelic synthdom the next.
Martin Guttridge-Hewitt
Get Physical Presents: Cocada

Various

Various Get Physical Presents: Cocada

Get Physical

The sound of Brazil
7.0
After shining a light on South African talents last year, Get Physical recently headed to Brazil to unearth the next generation. The resulting 15-track compilation takes in a mix of more established names – such as sometime Hot Creations associate HNQO, D Edge resident and owner Renato Ratier and Warung resident Huay—as well as those you will not know. There is nothing particularly ‘Brazilian’ about anything here – no samba drums, no flailing Latin percussion – instead it is just a solid collection of tech house tracks from the more melodic end of the scale that Get Physical have been dealing in for 17 years now. Highlights include the journeying cosmic synths of Nuno Deconto’s ‘Raizes’ and loosely jumbled grooves of Afternude’s ‘Tribal Syndrome.’ Importantly, the label promises local workshops and events will follow this series, which suggests they’re in it for the good of the scene rather than simply their own profile.
Kristan J Caryl
Wankelmoods Vol. 3

Various

Wankelmoods Vol. 3

Poesie Musik

Hard to love house music
5.0
Wankelmut – aka Berlin's Jacob Dilßner – drops the third album in his Wankelmoods series, three years after the last instalment for Get Physical's Poesie Musik spin-off imprint. And while there are producers of note and reputation represented here in abundance – Gerd Janson, Huxley, Joe Goddard, Kölsch, Hot Since 82, even Sasha – lamentably there's not a great deal to love. If anything, in fact. Fans of sprawling, epic breakdowns and po-faced, big room vibes may find something to enamour them, but largely it's a dull and roundly uninspiring morass to chew through, where ripe cheese like the borderline unforgivable ‘We Are All Stars’ from Tube & Berger rubs up against yawn-inducing dancefloor grandstanding such as Animal Trainer's ‘Endor’ or Nils Hoffmann's ‘Bloom’. A mix to throw on the pile rather one that will bear returning to time and again.
Ben Arnold