Good news. Rec72 is five years old! Quirky, high quality, and eclectic are some good ways of describing the content presented on the newly refurbished website. And what better way of meeting each artist face to face than to download and check out this upfront and personal showcase with 16 specially-made tracks by eight of rec72′s most dedicated contributors.
Rec72 has a fine history. It has always been CC, and has always been a popular netlabel, as far as CC popularity goes. Last.fm states rec72 has just over 7,000 listeners, and 72,000 scrobbles, not bad for an entirely non-profit label run by one person. The owner, the fine gentleman that is Marco Medkour, doesn’t even have a big bright shinning button saying ‘donate’ in big friendly letters, splashed across every page of his netlabel. This is strictly purist Creative Commons. Getting involved, sharing as much as possible, A/V collaborations, etc etc. This is one of the truest examples of a ‘successful’ and popular netlabel, which purely exists for the purpose of creating and sharing.
So, the artists on this compilation: Gripping drones and wild melting melodics from Radio Scotvoid; joyously named Pandacetemol is forced out of his tech-house realm with a delicate acid slow jam and uptempo electro buzz; Nisei23 presents some glorious spine-tingling electroacoustics; Deef continues his chippy and sketchy broken style, which shows some excellent development since the EP reviewed on Netlabelism previously; Lofiuser presents a deep ambient wonder and a lush contrasting industrial experiment; a couple of dazzlingly baffling offerings from Eigenheimer (really impressed with these tracks, ‘Hold Hands…’ is the deepest this compilation goes); Small Colin’s suicide-preventing Scottish trancey chillout; and a couple of peculiar tracks by me (Bitbasic).
A nice quirky feature of the compilation is that each track has the same bpm. Exactly the same bpm. This gives the compilation quite a fantastic continuity and flow from one track to the next. Also considering each track was made from scratch by each contributing artist, it is quite impressive that each one has such a similar angle, considering what could have been submitted. Usually tracks for compilations are carefully chosen from previous releases, but rec72 have shown that they really have established a well-defined sound (a hard task for any netlabel owner). Hopefully people who are new to rec72 will get a lot of pleasure out of this album, and indeed if you are already familiar with the rec72 releases, this will come as a thrilling addition to the already bursting rec72 release list. Roll on the next 5 years! Congratulations Marco!
Eigenheimer – Moodswing Mixtape
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