Various Artists

Music for Listening To

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It is difficult to NOT love anything on a label called Bubble Core. That said, this particularly cool compilation has a lot more going for it than just a peachy-keen name. The beautiful pop ballad "Leak Through," by Rex, opens the disc, followed by the Phillip-Glass-goes-drum-and-blitz of "Velma." Matmos offers listeners a computerized tribal meltdown and underground heroes Dots Will Echo get hacked to death by a notable indie-rock mogul on title-of-the-year winner "Gerard Cosloy Is Chasing Me With an Axe."

Rare and unreleased tracks by these artists and others make this instantly collectable batch of music. And with the great diversity of genres, the common thread is quality. This is indeed music for listening to, again and again.

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