Various Artists

Plastic Compilation, Vol. 2

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The plastic arts is a phrase which usually refers to such tactile crafts as pottery. Through the intrinsic malleability of electronic music, electro-beat music has become one of the most transformable of the arts, transformable even after its creation. Such artful trickery that can stretch out a good three-minute dance beat into a very interesting piece twice the original length, or more, leads to such occasional assemblies of genius as this state of the remix collection, Plastic. Nettwerk also possesses such a fine stable of artists that they can compile a superior product. The prevalence of the female voice in cuts by the Crystal Method and Sara McLachlan (on the Delerium track and on her own, remixed by Brit drum & bass maestro, Roni Size) among others, keeps a strong, complementary melody in what is primarily rhythm music. King of such combinations, for which Nettwerk is well known for producing, is William Orbit's "Water from a Vine Life." The ancient Greeks spoke of a golden age when honey would drip from the leaves, and Orbit's idyllic production, sung by the highly talented Beth Orton, recalls a similar paradise and is presented here in a smooth Xylem Flow Mix. While such as this is more often the face of pop than the future of pop, Nettwerk also takes a look back in the rap-allied, old school of Wildchild. Electronica also proves admirably able to incorporate elements of world music. Present on this compilation is Cornershop, representative of London's Asian-Indian flavored electronica of the French, pop artists Autour de Lucie. Other very strong tracks are from renowned space rockers, Spiritualized, remixed by the Chemical Brothers and the compositionally minded BT teamed with another techno ambassador, Sasha.

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