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Electrocity, Vol. 12

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The Electrocity series of EBM compilations have obviously had some measure of success, given their volume number. These collections have generally been coming from the same place -- smooth electro tracks with a European focus. Electrocity, Vol. 12 continues the franchise, gathering a mix of pleasant surprises and usual suspects in a sampler that stays smooth, but refuses to enter the candied lands of pure synth pop. Few of the tracks on Electrocity, Vol. 12 are exclusive or difficult to find (unlike other collections such as Dependent's Septic compilation), so this may not be the kind of compilation that die-hard fans with extensive music libraries will find valuable. However, the key to Electrocity, Vol. 12 is the diversity of acts selected. Few compilations would try to accommodate a taste that could happily drift from Imperative Reaction's harsher style to a smoother, house-sampling Daf.Dos, then onto Cubanate's broken beats. Well-known electro acts sit comfortably with equally established but more obscure acts. Despite the contrasts in style, the creators of Electrocity, Vol. 12 have chosen each track carefully to keep in a consistent flavor, meaning that the compilation collects stylistically diverse artists in a release that still hangs together very well. A noteworthy surprise is the inclusion of Moby's "Body Rock" (from his release Play), a reminder of how closely Germany's mainstream and alternative charts are linked. Electrocity, Vol. 12 is a populist's mix -- but not as it would have been created outside Europe. The result is a strong compilation that will have appeal to people looking for a solid EBM compilation. This may not be the compilation for the year, but a good amount of Electrocity Vol. 12 will have appeal to electro fans.

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