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State of the Nu Art

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The Blue Planet label burst on the electronica scene in 1996 with a pair of EPs by Bowling Green and Mung that opened scads of new doors in the world of abstract electro and drum'n'bass, pairing a kitchen-sink aesthetic with enough weirdness and driving funk to elude criticisms of "eclecticism." State of the Nu Art is Blue Planet's first label compilation, and unfortunately doesn't up the ante much. The best of this (Plug's "A Subtle Blend," Witchman's "Arcane Radio," and Bowling Green's "Caucasian Flotsam") was made available in advance of the general release as a 12" sampler, but new tracks from Frank Heiss, Paradox, and Wai Wan widen the label's scope by delving into downtempo and bizarro ambient dub.

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