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Alex Tronic Records Volume1 - Various Artists

A brilliant exhibition of talent. The collection begins with some quality trip-hop by Strangest Thing Dr A & Naz-Boogie Down is a classy way to start of any album . The album moves through some ritzy tunes with El Bib taking it to reggae and dub fans,then some nice Scottish hip -hop -tronica coming from Hooverfish and Mc Solareye,much missed since his performances with D.o.P.E ceased. Sixpeopleaway have a gorgeous glitchy ,acoustic number,followed by Keser with a wonderfully rich instramental/electronica piece. A few tracks later some squeaky clean down-tempo material from Pockets of Resistance slots in nicely .Alex Tronic save the best for last with AsA (pronounced :Orsa) injecting Picture Perfect Dreams . This is a band which will be turning heads in the coming year . On the whole the album is extremely varied . The only thing that doesn`t change is the production quality and raw talent which is consistent throughout

Pete Burns, Beats : The Skinny Magazine :June 07

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Scotish-based music producer Alex Tronic highlights his relatively new label`s Chillout aesthetic in the first of a proposed series of compilation CDs .This is certainly an eclectic and engaing debut compilation,servicing a diverse selection of sub-genres from Dub Hip Hop and Irish Folk to Groove and Electronica yet , still predominately Chillout .As with most compilations ATR Vol1 has its rough edges , but the majority of the tracks ( by a host of previously undiscovered artists) delivers a consistency and quality that`s well woth checking out - especially if your into scouting fresh electronic talent.

7/10 Danny Turner , Future Music June 07

ADD THESE TO YOUR PLAYLIST: El Bib , Dub Vizier:Marvin Wilsom, Velocity Experience, Pockets of Resistance, Glow.

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Label: Alextronic Records

 

This compilation from the Alex Tronic Record label sets out pretty successfully to show us that Scottish music isn’t just about young, hairy Scamps with drug problems who can’t get US visas or arrogant knobheads who think they can bash Bloc Party after having one ‘hit’ and shagging Kylie.

(All right, there’s no actual evidence for that ‘shagging’ part, it’s just a hunch, but if there’s soon a little Kylie-Calvin hybrid running around don’t say you weren’t warned).

The thirteen tracks here range from rap (Hooverfish feat. Mc Solareye) to prog (Keser) to reggae (Et Bib) to trip-hop (Pockets of Resistance) but they all have some kind of mellowness to them to make this a manageable listen and not just some weird non-John Cusack mix-tape that doesn’t hang together.

Et Bib’s ‘Dub Viser’ is essentially an ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ update with one key difference – Scottish rapping. Initially it just doesn’t work. Of all the languages and dialects that would suit rap you’d probably have Scottish as rank last, well, all right maybe some Kazakhstan guy would sound weirder but still, it’s an odd mix. But somehow it grows on you and just fits, and that’s true of a lot of stuff on this record.

‘Horus Lives’ by Keser first sounds like an Explosions in the Sky version of ‘Some Might Say’ and although after repeat listens it can still be summed up like that, the thought becomes a lot more appealing. What next a Mars Volta version of ‘Country House’? Well no, it’s actually Marvin Wilson doing his cheesy sex-music-meets-Propellerheads copy of Faithless’ ‘Drifting Away’
(you know, that tune from ‘Trigger Happy TV’ when the spies are lurking in the park.)
. When you’ve got guys as potentially great as the Sufjan Stevens-meets Ebb-with-a-bit-of-Damien-Rice-thrown-in
Sixpeopleaway then it all becomes worthwhile. On the basis of ‘Celtic Harp’
then Joe Acheson Quartet are also worth having a Google for with their lovely Portishead-Slow Dazzle mix.

Although too much of this compilation blurs into one, this is still a perfectly good chill-out album that would have made a solid addition to the ‘All Back to Mine’ series.
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Review by: Owen McKeon June 07 www.glasswerk.co.uk

El Bib - Alex Tronic Records, Vol. 1 Buy here on itunes 

 

 

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