Various Artists Monazite
- Words: Chris Sabbath
- Label: Lantern
- XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10
Assembled by the folks over at the Japanese label Lantern, Monazite is a dynamite collection of house and techno tracks. Featuring a mixed bag of up-and-comers and vets from both ends of the electronic spectrum, the album shuffles nicely between the smog-rich atmospheres of Russian producer Martin Schulte and web-spinnings of tech-house DJs Arctic Hospital and Markus Fix. Schulte’s sublime remix of Mr. Dee’s “Winter” pops with a hard beat scudding over a tapestry of gauzy, ghost sounds. Similarly impressive is Andy Vaz’s “I’m Only,” which features an acid-soul vibe with girly voices buffed over a melody of piano.
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