Various Artists

Night Owls 01

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The Deluxe label's Night Owls 01 compiles the work of some of abstract techno's relatively unknown quantities in a fashion that entirely befits its name. While it's a bit louder than the output of Taylor Deupree's like-minded 12K label, the contributions to Night Owls 01 are also deafeningly understated. As each track seems to straddle the space between consciousness and unconsciousness, you can imagine the types of sounds present here; heavily treated blips and samples, softly spliced together under the digital scalpel of Pro Tools and the like. Not to say that all are completely made of ones and zeroes. Some choice compositions from Chessie and Llips actually include quite a few acoustic elements. What can be said about all of the songs, though, is that they're sparse and slow, clicks & cuts-type collages that allow themselves plenty of time to develop. In rare cases, some give themselves a little too much time, though. Still, rarely does one track rise about another as all comfortably flow together without a beginning or ending, truly making for moody night music. Generally, this is a gorgeous record that delivers the goods of a promising label. If nothing else, it serves as the perfect sampler of few of abstract electronic music's formidable new talents.

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