Here’s another great attempt from Abstrakt Reality Records to subvert the underground electronic music scene. There are lots of great artists on this label, and many of these were on the last Abstrakt Reality album I looked at. This one is actually a little bit older, but I definitely think it’s better.
Compared to Abstraktions, the Abstrakt Sampler is much darker and dirtier in nature. There is much more in the way of lyrics on this album, and it really creates a different atmosphere than the last one. Atrium’s “Freefalling” contains a distant, melancholy voice mixed with a very urban array of what sound a little like saxophones and muted trumpets. It actually sounded more “underground,” and although I’m not really sure what that term means, I got the feeling that I was sitting in a dimly lit bar watching a lounge singer and a live band. Only this time, there was something very, very different.
The only other artists on this album are Zimar, Tony Watson and DJ Rylo, so there’s alot less to pick from compared to Abstraktions. However, this might add to the more homogenic feeling I get from listening to the Abstrakt Sampler, because all of the songs really give me the same feeling as I just described. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. Zimar does this really cool thing where he incorporates a long sample of Ronald Reagan giving some speech in “One of Those Days.” Since these are the only lyrics in the entire song it doesn’t seem overbearing; there’s no overt political statements that are being made, it’s just the artist trying to entertain the listener in an eccentric sort of way. An instru-MENTAL way, so to speak.
This label is relatively new, but what they’re doing is incredible. Check it out at www.abstraktreality.com to get some sound clips, or you can even buy their music for pretty cheap through Liquid Audio.
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