Saturday, February 11, 2012

NQS Records - NQS RECORDS #001

Experimental Electronica
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Here we have a compilation album from NQS Records that gets its electronic freak on and doesn't look back. “NQS Records #001” is going to find an audience somewhere, but for everyone else, it's like a smorgasbord: a little something for everyone, but too much to tackle it all alone. If you're a fan of old school Nintendo soundtracks and chiptunes, Walt Disney Sweatshirt has got you covered. Not even Trent Reznor can make 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' sound like this. It's probably the 'smallest' the song has ever sounded. John Von Charles, the other artist to appear multiple times on this compilation also spans the most wide range of sounds. 'Jem' is noise, plain and simple, feedback, tape hiss, and light percussion that not only opens the album, but will probably blow your eardrums if you aren't ready for it. He follows that up with the house-y Ei Li Ans-Chat. Of course what would an electronic compilation album be without a shoegaze rock song, let alone Portuguese rap? I can't say because both show up here. The shoegaze doesn't feel as out of place as the rap song does funnily enough, even if it brings the momentum to a complete stand still. I'm sure they're here to show artist variety for the label, and they're competent enough ('Infant Robot Playground' has Sonic Youth on it's sleeve) but they could have been replaced by two other electronic acts to keep things more cohesive. The other nooks and crannies of the album are filled in with ghost house and trance tracks, which ratchet the pace right back up. If you're a fan of a lot of electronic music, you'll probably find something to enjoy here. “Mountain King” has the most obvious appeal to outsiders looking in, so if you're trying to expand your musical palette to include some smaller subgenres of electronic music; start there and see if anything else catches your attention. You may be surprised.

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