Various Artists

Night Owls 02

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Volume two in Deluxe's compilation series Night Owls is different from the first installment. Avoiding ambient electro and dreamy soundscapes, it focuses on rhythm. Danceable but not dance, the music follows light clicks & cuts guidelines with sidesteps into IDM and, yes, a couple of atmospheric tunes. The roster includes label favorites Electric Birds and Bizz Circuits, the latter adding two new tracks to his album The Very Best of Bizz Circuits, released at the same time. Emisor also delivers two cuts: "Sala de la Lectura" has a Latin drum machine thing going, while "Mnaomai" boasts a romantic Fender Rhodes. The other featured artists are all Canadian or American: Warmdesk pulls off a nice number where clicks look like glitters; Soft Pink Truth (aka Matmos' Drew Daniel) opens the set with "Adeusz," a dancefloor-friendly cut, although not as straightforward as the duo's porno soundtracks (see Vague Terrain Recordings' A Viable Alternative to Actual Sexual Contact). Concluding the track list is an honor awarded to Pan American. His "Fake Philly Strings" takes listeners back to the mood of Night Owls 01. Volume two delivers the goods and makes a fine continuous listen, but there is not much here to write home about.

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