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History Is Bunk, Vol. 2: Collaborations, Reinterpretations and Newcompositions [Hefty]

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It's not often in the electronic music world that a label can endure a decade's worth of creative evolution and still remain fresh while retaining a high level of quality. That said, Hefty continues on that path by not only offering a decade-long retrospective of the label's finest moments (Hefty 10 Digest), but by giving the audience History Is Bunk, an impressive two-disc set filled with reinterpretations, new collaborations, remixes, and unreleased material. Nearly everyone who has ever contributed to Hefty and its outstanding Immediate Action series is represented here. Starting off Vol. 1 with the no-nonsense work out by Slicker and the wispy L'Altra, the crew works its way through other material including guest remixes by such esteemed artists as Dabrye, Jan Jelinek, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Sakamoto's remix of Telefon Tel Aviv's "Telephone in a Dark Room" is extremely special, as it takes one of the group's most haunting and well-known compositions and somehow makes it even more eerie and paranoid than the original. But it's not enough that Hefty owner John Hughes assembled his all-star lineup for this two-volume set. He also showcases some of his upcoming talent that will no doubt carry the torch -- such as hip-hop-savvy Eliot Lipp and Metro Area-ish Plus Device, whose inclusion on Vol. 2 is unquestionably one of the two-disc package's highlights. Here's hoping the next ten years are just as high in quality.

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