Superlongevity 2

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The aptly titled Superlongevity gathers a heap of tracks from the house of Perlon and spreads them across two discs as a continuous mix (aside from the disc break, of course) courtesy of label operator Thomas Franzmann. As one of the steadily rising tech-house labels since beginning in 1997, Perlon has built its sturdy reputation by releasing productions that gurgle, squiggle, squelch, pop, snap, tickle, tease, and lightly thump (not so much as tap) with the best of higher profile labels like Force Tracks. One thing this compilation -- and therefore the Perlon label at large -- holds over its peers is an endless stream of sexy playfulness. There's hardly anything sharp, crisp, or cold about anything here. All edges have been rounded off -- the bold red/orange color scheme of the packaging is entirely complementary to the sound. With just about each track, there's something to recommend. There's the overdriven keyboard zaps of Pile's "Worldrecord Holder," the creaking Porter Ricks-gone-above-water sea-spray dub of Stephan Laubner's "Portside Waves," the warm '70s soundtrack keyboard tones of Ricardo Villalobos' "Frank Mueller Mellodram," and the plangent snares of Pantytec's "You Are So 99." Considering its title and the number of tracks on this double-disc set, it would be understandable to view a complete listen-through as a daunting task. After all, we're talking about 29 tracks in two and a half hours. So then comes the age-old question: Can you really have too much of a good thing? "No" would be the age-old answer. Suffice to say, if you find nothing to like about Superlongevity and other 2000/2001 mixes like Andrew Weatherall's Hypercity, Richie Hawtin's DE9: Closer to the Edit, and Dan Bell's The Button Down Mind of Daniel Bell, it's time to give up on tech-house and look elsewhere for your thrills.

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