Various Artists

2010 [Dial]

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The Hamburg-based techno label founded by Peter Kersten (Lawrence), Carsten Jost, and Paul Kominek (Turner) turned ten in 2010, and this compilation celebrates the milestone with a set of tracks that is entirely new. After nearly 50 12” releases and 15 full-lengths to their credit, Dial could have put together a stellar overview of at least three hours in duration, but instead, they opted to point forward. Most of the contributors are long-established staples of the downcast-leaning label, like Lawrence (the dark-glimmering “Treacle Mine”), Jost (the fitful, if low-slung “Days Gone By”), and indie crossover fave Pantha du Prince (whose “Fountain Drive” sounds more like an active slot-board game over a labyrinthine rhythm). Relative newcomer John Roberts, Dial’s lone American artist, supplies one of the disc’s highlights with the clicking, gently pumping “Lines,” while longtime ally Isolée appears on the label for the first time with “Black Lodge,” a stupefying, abnormally tottering challenge for the most flexible dancer. Here's to another ten years.

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