Mary Anne Hobbs is now officially the queen of the electronic new school with her weekly radio show offering a portal to the freshest electronic experiments and cutting edge urban sounds from across the globe. Wild Angels is her third compilation for the cutting edge Planet Mu label and is another great album showcasing where new electronic music is at in 2009 and a good pointer to where it’s going.
In true experimental style Mark Pritchard opens proceedings with his catchily entitled ‘?’ in which an electronic drone slowly morphs into a slow atmospheric melodic soundtrack to your favourite sci-fi movie.
Wobbly beat merchant Hudson Mohawke then wakes us from our deep space coma with his trademark messed up future take on hip hop before Dublin’s Mike Slott transports us into an instrumental broken nu-soul wonderland with the excellent ‘Knock Knock’.
Brackles gives your bass bins a thorough medical with the relentless lo-end frequency attack of ‘LHC’ as some nice key work and sampled female vocals add a little light relief. One of the finds of the compilation for me is Gemmy who shows the UK Funky massive they need to up their production standards as he comes through with a deep bassline gem called ‘Rainbow Road’, miles ahead of most of the game.
So far so melodic but like any inner city soundtrack worth its salt the compilation is not without it’s darker moments. Untold twists some exotic percussion beyond recognition with the unnervingly entitled ‘Discipine’, Rustie’s ‘Zig Zag’ is an intense rave brain basher – only for the headstrong and Legion of Two hammers the final nails into the coffin of those left standing on the dancefloor with his brooding ‘And Now We Wait’.
Dark Star and Sunken Foal show that musicians can work in harmony with the deep electronic underworld and one of the break though names of 2009, Floating Points also lends his undoubted talents to the comp as do Starkey, Architeq and a host of other pioneering electronic souls.
Another essential glimpse into the future of music.
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