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Various Manoeuvres 2: A Collection of Vancouver Electronica

  • Words: Luciana Lopez
  • Label: So Called Recordings
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Oh, Canada--and specifically Vancouver, the city American Pacific Northwesterners covet for its international vibe, metro-chic, and, of course, music scene. From the first moments of opener Alektronic's “Drone 420” (the track has more intensity than the otherwise apt name implies), it's clear why. This album collects tracks from some of the city's electronic luminaries, including the well-known (Gavin Froome contributes the shimmering house track “Plane Jane”), still-emerging (Christer's brashly seductive “How You Like It”), and underground stalwarts (Calamalka's dubby “Cropper”). There's a certain lack of cohesion, since the common ground here is, well, common ground, but in its variety and quality, the collection echoes the city itself.

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