Various Artists

Domino: A Snapshot From the 2002 Domino Ten-Day Festival

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This sampler CD was distributed to subscribers of the U.K. music magazine The Wire with issue number 217 (March 2002). It offers an interesting cross-section of the artists featured at the Domino Ten-Day Festival held in Brussels, Belgium, from April 10-21, 2002. The event was advertised as a get-together of various fringe styles, and the comp follows the same eclecticism: post-rock, experimental techno, avant hip-hop, dub, and some questionable inclusions like the straightforward techno of Anton Price, quite out of place here. The best-known artists represented on the CD are the Canadian Godspeed You Black Emperor!-derivative outfit Do Make Say Think, post-riot grrl feminist techno-punkers Le Tigre, and hip-hop crew Cannibal Ox. Interspersed among them are some Belgian acts and odd-sounding gems -- Fridge's self-explanatory "Drum Machines and Glockenspiels" is marvelously light. The die-hard fan will find no unreleased tracks here. Actually, in some cases the selected cuts are weak. "Dyke March 2000" may spell Le Tigre's manifesto in giant letters, but it doesn't rank among the band's best songs. The sampler has been cleverly sequenced, although in an unorthodox way. It begins and ends at the fringes of experimental pop/rock, moving toward and retracting from more mainstream techno and dub in the middle.