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Musique Compacte

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From the progressively-minded Dutch electro label Viewlexx comes Musique Compacte, a solid collection of the label's work in advancing electronic music. Rather than to latch onto the growing trend of mixed compilations, Viewlexx has opted to leave the tracks in their original states and let the listener do the mixing. Among the 14 songs are four tracks from Dutch duo I-f, including a collaboration with Helga La Blaque entitled "Playstation #2," a party-type track with a lot of soul balanced by the sterile chanting of La Blaque. As well, pairs of tracks from the the Parallax Corporation and Electronome all feature beat-heavy, Detroit techno-influenced sounds and add levels of compu-beat happiness to the collection. Though very abstract, each track has a well defined beat structure that will no doubt have listeners dancing in their headphones. The disc also features a lot of head-bobbing, blippy, and warbled percussion that evokes images of robots tapping machine panels and making the funkiest sounds. Een Drumcomputer & Een Synthesizer and Unit Moebius find their way into the project, stringing together sparse yet brilliant strands of beat and synth flickers. Distorted vocals compliment many of these tracks and come off sounding like a mix between Throbbing Gristle and Kraftwerk. Where so many electronic labels release soulless machinated drivel, Viewlexx's Musique Compacte jumps all over the board and is destined to make itself known in the nu-electro realm. File between the Suction and Playhouse labels.

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