Various Artists

Post Office

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Not content with dominating both the disco and lounge house sounds, it seems Frenchman Cabanne wants to leave his country's mark on the glitchy dub of micro-house. That has been the goal of his Telegraph record label, and while Cabanne contributed four of this compilation's 15 tracks, he still goes outside of his geographical home base to gather the crème of artists from around the globe. Not a compilation of previously released singles, Post Office taps artists who have previously released tracks on Telegraph for one more cut. German producer Dimbiman, whose Perlon label essentially defined the sound within which this comp operates, donates a piece previously aired on his imprint, while Ricardo Villalobos, perhaps the subgenre's most recognizable practitioner, produces a brand-new epic-length exercise in bubbling drums and wristwatch hi-hats. The digital sampladelic aspect of the style is put on display by Ben Nevile and Montreal's Akufen, while Detroit forerunners Robert Hood and Dan Bell show the true meaning of minimalism, composing tracks that make the rest sound like calliopes by comparison. Not as funky as compilations by Playhouse and Perlon but certainly more driving than the Clicks + Cuts series, Post Office further delineates an already fractured subgenre and should probably be reserved for only true scholars, despite the capable music within.

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