The Very Best of Bizz Circuits is not a "greatest-hits" collection (even though a couple of compilation tracks have been slipped in between the original material). In fact, this is Bizz Circuits' first full-length solo release. Yet another moniker for Sebastian Meissner, Bizz Circuits is a conceptual project: All the sound sources for these tracks of IDM, experimental techno, and dark electronica are lifted from other people's records. Meissner is not making quote-heavy collages like the Rip-Off Artist or Realistic. Each sample is taken out of context, dismembered, and rendered hardly recognizable, although you may be distracted by ephemeral impressions ("don't I know that lick?"). Meissner's record shelves are a modern version of Ali Baba's cavern: A wide selection of artists and genres sit side by side in no particular order. The "thanks for your music" list fills a panel of the digipack in very fine print. There must be over 800 names in there, ranging from Roy Orbison and the Melvins all the way to Iannis Xenakis and Taylor Deupree, and not forgetting Meissner's own previous projects (Autopoieses, Random Inc.). You can enjoy this album as a deconstruction of the music business as a whole, a way to show that in the end, serious and popular, rock and electronica, even old and new music all come down to the same thing once they have been sampled, altered, and reconstructed in the computer. Or you can ditch all the philosophical luggage and explore these intelligent shards of electronica, seductively well done. Influences and similarities run from Komet to Fennesz, from minimal techno to lowercase and the Mego crew. The CD also includes an enhanced section with a video for Random Inc.'s "Losing Touch," allegedly the starting point for the Bizz Circuits persona.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture