v/a: Now Thing 2 (Chrome, 2021)

December 28, 2021 at 9:47 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: Now Thing 2

The Mo Wax-issued Now Thing compilation exposed a lot of fans of electronic music to the innovations of dancehall reggae producers two decades ago. I actually haven’t heard that comp, but this second one is strong enough to be possibly the best compilation I heard all year. Focusing just on instrumental riddims, the album consists of warped, skeletal beats with inventive effects, like Ward 21’s sirens and sinister voices or Lenky and Andrew Thomas’ rhythmic dog barks. Crown Star Productions’ “Fire Cracker” is an easy standout for the rave aesthetic synths, and there’s an extra crunchy second part. Also the dubby “Are You That Somebody” rework is worth noting. So much of these tracks just do so much with a limited amount of sounds, and some of them just feel huge, like Madd Spider’s “Hot Water”. Can’t get enough of this.

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