Various Artists

Elektronische Musik Interkontinental 2

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The second of a series on Triple R and Jacqueline Klein's Cologne-based Traum label, Elektronische Musik Interkontintal 2 is another sturdy 11-track compilation of producers who fall into the realms of experimental and ambient techno and micro-house. What's most impressive is that Triple R has managed to put together a second label compilation without relying on many of the same producers who contributed to the first. Only Process and Tomas Jirku, who close out the disc with the last two tracks, appeared on the initial overview. This makes it apparent that Traum has kept a keen eye for up-and-comers. Mikkel Metal is one of those promising producers; "Delete," like his best work for the Echocord label, carries in the tradition of the ambient side of Basic Channel and Pole with a dubby bassline, grainy texture-fragments, and a light guitar figure. Fotec Foyamat's "Lumiere" is equally indebted to dub reggae, though it doesn't have that skanking rhythm; similar to Farben's most mobile material, the slight nuances that hover and shift above seem to be propelled by the cavernous bassline. Compared to the first volume in the series, the disc is a lot more beat-oriented. Only Darmush's "Rarpa" is entirely beatless -- and with its light piano work and soaring crescendo, it'd highlight one of Kompakt's Pop Ambient compilations. Fax's "Danz," Dublee's "Softness," and Yomgaille's "There" only bolster the disc's appeal.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
7:48
2
6:46
3
6:29
4
4:06
5
5:24
6
6:59
7
10:46
8
3:22
9
4:32
10
4:27
11
6:02
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