Thursday 2 April 2015

Review: Various Artists – 'Dependence 2015'

'Dependence 2015'

Dependent Records has enjoyed a rich history inexorably tied to the legacy of European alternative electronic music thanks to releasing albums by luminary acts such as Apoptygma Berzerk, Covenant, Girls Under Glass, Klinik, KMFDM, Mesh, and Rotersand, as well as international acts such as Front Line Assembly, Psyclone Nine, and Skinny Puppy among others. The label's long-running sampler series 'Dependence' returns to show off this years crop of must have tracks that will be infecting dance floors at a club near you.

Established names go shoulder-to-shoulder with newer acts but they all have one thing in common... they are all great quality bands. The compilation's selling point is it is mostly comprised of mostly exclusive mixes & previously unreleased tracks from some of the hottest names in alternative electronic music. With acts such as Covenant, Seabound and Mesh leading the charge with some exciting remixes, the likes of Iris, Beborn Beton, This Morn Omina, Clicks, Ginger Snap5 and Fix8:Sed8 inject some fresh sounds and hint at this years must have releases.

The compilation is nicely put together and plays like a great DJ set would. The track list flows nicely and the mastering gives it a nice continuity of sound to the whole record. Usually on compilations, the individual tracks can vary in their production quality, but this isn't an issue at all here, with every act, despite their pedigree, sounding on top form.

'Dependence 2015' continues what is already a great series of compilations and shows off that things are definitely looking good For Dependent Records going into the second half of the 2010s with new signings and old favourites producing some must have music.

Whether you're a DJ, a promoter or just a fan of good electronic music, this will easily become a collector's item and will stand the test of time.  

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