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The second release in Source's Opensource series, Opensource.code offers a dozen tracks from some of the heavyweights of glitch-inflected experimental techno. Differing significantly from Opensource.players, which featured a wide range of jazzy electronic and hip-hop grooves, Opensource.code focuses on minimalist productions that have been called a number of things -- microhouse, dub-glitch, and catnip-tech, just to name a few examples. Presented by Source in cooperation with Ableton software, this compilation fields strong contributions from the likes of Jan Jelinek, Akufen, Thomas Brinkmann, Monolake, Sutekh, and Robert Lippok. Although the disc appears to have the makings of a collection of leftovers (most of these artists have already released a wealth of strong material through their own albums or more prominent compilations), it hardly comes off as a cash-in for the label. Akufen's hopped-up "Synthaxis 2" perks the ears immediately with a deep, galloping bassline and countless knife flicks of unidentifiable noise-waste and minute blips racing atop. Jan Jelinek's "Music to Interrogate By" is just as suited for a film as the title implies, using what could be a heavily reverbed standup bassline in a pulse-quickening manner and subtle blaxploitation keyboards. Monolake's lengthy "White II" is equally geared for soundtracks and improves upon the strengths of 2001's Cinemascope. For those who are already familiar with the form and love their Clicks + Cuts compilations dearly, this is a fitting addition to the collection. Alternately, for those who are completely unfamiliar with this movement, one could do a little better -- either volume of Clicks + Cuts, for instance -- but Opensource.code, thanks to its wealth of plump basslines, is a more accessible entryway and is less likely to alienate newcomers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, several of the producers who appear here are on the Clicks + Cuts sets as well.

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