Available as a CD or a double-LP set, Vertical Forms culls minimal techno tracks from artists throughout Europe. It summarizes the sound of the British label Vertical Form well, but also avoids being too sectarian. Dancefloor clicks + cuts and more experimental constructions cohabit nicely. If ISAN's opening track is predictable and a bit flavorless, Monolake's "Rain" has all the ambient delights fans of Robert Henke seek. Funkstörung's thumper sounds like it could have used some extra work (some unwelcomed sloppiness in the groove). Different from previous remixes, this nth variation on Kid 606's "Whereweleftoff" (originally from P.S. I Love You) lacks excitement. On the other hand, Vladislav Delay and Russian electronicians Eu contribute key tracks, the latter going through a range of interesting changes, subtle and high on craftsmanship. The closing track is provided by Iceland's Múm. "Hufeland" brings a witty and playful touch to the album, its tongue-in-cheek melody and refusal to end feeling like a ray of sunlight coming through the window. Vertical Forms makes a good compilation: cohesive, diversified, with appeal to both DJs and living room listeners. If a few high-profile artists submitted subpar efforts, there are a couple of discoveries waiting to be made.
AllMusic Review by François Couture