Various Artists

Touch Sampler, Vol. 3

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Although Touch and various of its related labels have issued their fair share of compilations, it's the Touch Sampler series that has really brought focus to the variety of designer/photographer/label boss Jon Wozencroft's aesthetic. Touch Sampler 3 features a fabulous cross-cut of material, moving from the unbalanced techno-asceticism of Panasonic to the field recordings of Chris Watson to the rhythmic chaos of Austrian sample collagists Rehberg & Bauer and Farmers Manual. What's most remarkable about this compilation is the way it all manages to hold together. "Greater than the sum of its parts" is a crutch-phrase applied when more fanciful brands of hyperbole fail, but here it's empirical fact.

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