Various Artists "Sonig Irregular CD Vol. 1"
This 2004 release is a collection of bits and pieces from several limited edition 12" singles as well as some remixes of those. I think this is a terribly overlooked batch of music and I think these artists are consistently much more interesting than a lot of what passes for hot shit in electronic music over the past couple years. Or perhaps, I would say, what's really interesting in electronic music over the past 10 years has come from people like this.
Because it has dared to be itself and yet it brings us along for the fun.
Vert gliding by classical wave into scrap happy scruffy nudge.
Wevie Stonder whipping the carnival smirk into the happy animal dance floor.
Electronicat as hardhouse bounds tempel rah ships to the fountain hip.
The wink of Jason Forrest sampling everything from funk to cock rock in a drum a bass mash up. Are you smiling? It's not just an "oh my god" sample recognition thing, it's "oh my god, what the hell am i listening to?" "If we do not find anything pleasant, at least we shall find something new.".... and Voltaire looked enough to find the pleasant in that unpleasantness.
The Mouse on Mars (etc) remixes of Wevie de Crepe's "Ton Wah" are terribly reminiscent of a Gus Gus remix of Pizzicato Five's "Porno 3003"... but instead of japanese beat talk we get brit directions or german somethings over a similar beat pattern. Is this a cover? What is a remix of a cover of a remix of ... where does it end? Or does it just sound like that so somebody like me might get that similarity? Where are we? And meanwhile, the beat is great. It's a fun listen. Do you see what I'm getting at? It has a good BEAT and I can dance to it.
Are you excited about tomorrow? This music from 2 years ago makes me really excited about today. It's got an energy that's not going to run out and is only becoming more and more relevant. Can I revive over an non-revivalist recording? Pardon me if I shouldn't, I need to go dance anyhow. You see, the end of this release is an acapella track followed by a sample track... which on one hand is a really interesting listen of sorts and on the other, an invitation to stop talking about the music and start doing both listening and playing of the music. "Push play"? 9/10 -- Matt Perkins (23 October, 2006)