Kompakt have thrown us a bit of a curveball here. This is actually a reissue of a 2006 release by a long-running Swedish experimental techno group who have previously had releases on labels including Slowball, Rocket Girl, Darla, and their own Pluxemburg. The album will confuse anyone expecting another album of 7-minute tech-house tracks from Kompakt; all 10 tracks here are between 3 and 5 minutes long. With frequent appearances by guitars and even banjoes, plus some vocoderized vocals, this may be the most poppy, accessible release yet on Kompakt; yet at the same time, there's enough glitch sounds and unpredictable twists and turns to make it one of the label's most abstract releases as well.
There's no shortage of melodies or driving rhythms on this album. But even at its most abstract, such as the slower tracks towards the end, the album maintains freshness and listenability, and keeps the listener guessing. The whole album is just really unique, and is recommended for anyone who enjoys unconventional, yet danceable, electronic music. 8/10 -- Paul Simpson (25 June, 2008)