2019 Jun 16     
2 Bit Thugs

The album features 15 cuts from the likes of Jimpster, Pezzner, Robert Babicz, Fur Coat and Digweed & Muir

If you like your music deep, progressive and thought-provoking, you will no doubt be familiar with Marc Romboy’s Systematic Recordings already. But if you're not, then get your ears around this esoteric and eclectic collection immediately!

The album celebrates 15 years of the label's existence, and features15 previously unheard, high-quality tracks that will no doubt soon find their way onto the stereos and USB drives of the world's more discerning music lovers and DJs. Rodriguez Jr, John Digweed, Jimpster and Fur Coat are just a few of the artists that have contributed to the label's output of about 200 or so releases to date, but the album fittingly opens with one of label boss and compilation curator Romboy’s own productions. Shooting Stars Never Stop eases you into the theme of the album nicely, with gentle production that's musical and thought-provoking throughout. 

There are many high points in this compilation that would work equally well through a large club’s soundsystem or through a set of headphones while chilling out at home, so picking a favourite is a tough job. That said, I'm particularly drawn to John Digweed & Nick Muir’s Alkuon, with slightly tribal drums and some seriously arpeggiated off-kilter synth lines in play. But of course, such well-established luminaries really don't need any further recommendation from me; what I do recommend is that you take a listen to this collection as soon as you can.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 14 June
 

 

 

Review Score: 8

 

 

 

Tags: Systematic Recordings, Marc Romboy, John DIgweed, Nick Muir, Jimpster, Pezzner, Robert Babicz, Fur Coat, ARTBAT, Rodriguez Jr, deep house, progressive house, techno, melodic techno