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A Flatline Compilation, Vol. 2

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Flatline Records does not have a huge catalog, but what the label does release is exceptional. As a who's who of electronic music, A Flatline Compilation, Vol. 2 is a strong addition to the list. A Flatline Compilation, Vol. 2 hits the perfect and much sought-after mark of a compilation that has something to offer both the hardcore fans who have large music collections and those looking for an overview of the genre. Unreleased tracks are the main attraction, from both artists who are relatively obscure as well as mainstays, but there are some classics here as well. The only criteria are diversity and quality. Unreleased tracks by Cleen and Galan Pixs appear alongside well-known songs by Download, Front Line Assembly, and Numb on disc one; noise giants Converter and Noisex are joined with fresh approaches by the drill'n'bass of Needle Sharing and Ammo on disc two. This comparison also illustrates a good cross-section of flavors on the compilation -- upbeat, hard electro is the general theme of disc one, while disc two has more of a beat-driven noise flavor. The result is a compilation that has transcended the "best of genre" mentality, and instead provides a unique perspective on the electronic music scene.

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