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Various Artists Elektronische Musik-Interkontinental 4

While Kompakt explores the pop-and-dancefloor side of minimal techno, Traum‘s Elektronische Musik posse takes micro into the quiet nighttime and finds a cheerfully mellow side to the music. Adam Kroll hits us early with "Aeugler," a space-dub-inflected chugger that breaks into a sprightly melody before fracturing into schaffel-icious bits. A few tracks vanish into tastefulness fit for a Pier One store soundtrack, but all 11 minutes of Nathan Fake‘s "Dinamo" are compelling, from the Herbert-ish cut-up blips and mechanical stops and starts to the climactic acid storm. Well-crafted and occasionally brilliant listening for the post-dancefloor wee hours.

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