Various Artists


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The woefully underrated and extremely creative Chicago-based Subvariant assembles some of the top up-and-coming IDM talent for Subvaritrax. Label head Liz McLean Knight has an impressive ear for not only sequencing a fun, glitch-happy compilation, but for assembling an impressive roster of talent from around the world (London, Detroit, Berlin, and Melbourne, just for starters). It's hard to pinpoint where the highlight of this compilation lies: is it the amazing conceptual packaging? The frantic skittering of IDM beats or the minimal house that could easily find a home on some of minimal techno's finest imprints? The attention to detail and care each artist shows in his craft? It's all here in one nice package, and it's a great sign that not only can IDM and minimal techno co-exist on the same electronic plane, but that the future of each subgenre is alive and thriving.

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