Various Artists

Sixteen Fucking Years of G-Stone Recordings

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Any self-respecting label with a forward-thinking brain cell in its head is usually loath to look back, and G-Stone, the downtempo label par excellence during the '90s and 2000s, is no different. With its heyday in the pre-millennium era, but innovative sounds throughout, they take a tentative step toward anthologizing the past with this two-disc set, although all bets are hedged with a first disc that includes all new tracks. It's a very smooth ride, however, with all-timers like Tosca, Peace Orchestra, and Kruder & Dorfmeister themselves contributing to a varied mix -- whether downbeat or techno, vocal-led or instrumental, the basslines are beefy and the effects are spartan. The second disc has the landmarks, although the majority are from the late 2000s, when the label continued putting out some of the best in groove-laden electronic club music, including upstarts like Voom:Voom (which included Roland Appel of Fauna Flash and Tr├╝by Trio, plus Peter Kruder).

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