Various Artists

Pure Underground Electronica, Vol. 1

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A rather nondescript compilation from a label called Avant Groove, Pure Underground Electronica, Vol. 1 is a low-budget package of productions from the cryptically-monikered likes of Secret Chimp, Rocco Beca) (aka "BEC"), AV, Q Link, and Monco. Grounded in turns in techno, house, and industrial, these tracks grind with shards of noise as often as they work into a pounding four/four groove. There's a raw quality running through each track that makes one wonder if all these songs have been made by the same person/people. Though a couple tracks stick out -- particularly Rocco Beca's "Cool Out," Q Link's "Freak In (Out)," and Secret Chimp's "Return to Saturn" -- there's nothing here worth getting excited about.

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