Various Artists

Well Suited for General-Purpose Audio Work

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This compilation album bears a quirky title; sure, it contains enough variety to suit general purpose audio work in some way, but it certainly doesn't aim for a general audience. Based in Miami, the Schematic label specializes in odd electronica that sits somewhere between glitch techno, experimental dub and avant-electro pop. This set presents previously unreleased tracks by its founders Phoenecia, headliners Otto Von Schirach and Richard Devine, plus a couple of newcomers like Dino Felipe and Kiyo. Each artist is represented by at least two tracks, although some of them can be remixes. The CD and double-LP versions differ slightly. Phoenecia begin by "dissolving" Tipper's tune into an ambient dub that can surprise at first, but will soon feel extremely gentle when confronted with Von Schirach's "Dream Date 808," a manic prankster-breakbeat tune that would feel at home on his album Chopped Zombie Fungus. Obviously, Felipe has read Von Schirach's book on how to push a glitch beat to its limits. His three contributions (only two on the CD) ally the eery ambience of dub with the unstable metric of the former. Kiyo and Devine go straight to ambient, although the latter works his tunes very close to electro-acoustics. His remix of Cannibal A:fraux's "Holthz Stadium" provides a highlight, along with Phoenecia's dreamy "Homosote," and Von Schirach's cuts.

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