va - correspondant compilation 02 (shop excerpts) by Experimedia published on 2014/03/27 23:35:37 +0000 *Excerpts from the album. Now available at Experimedia.net.* Correspondant's sophomore compilation features new and unreleased tracks from the label's artist coterie, plus some new recruits. Compilation 02 develops its own unique breed of retro-futurism, offering idiosyncratic, dancefloor-driven sound inspired by nu and cosmic disco, '80s wave, Roland-303 acid, and dark atmospherics. Sexy Lazer is Copenhagen-based DJ and producer Jón Atli Helgason, who partners with Iceland's Oculus (Fridfinnur Sigurdsson) in "Dogs of BKK" to filter hazy Tropicalia through retro modular synths. Notoriously elusive DJ and producer Man Power submits "Hula," a characteristically off-kilter slow-builder with corrosive electric guitar chords, while "Synced Below" channels Massimiliano Pagliara's obsession with analog synths and techno futurism. The languorous vocal sample intoning le passé, le présent, le futur (the past, the present, the future) in "One Night at Nuba" may well be a personal declaration of style and legacy for Kasper Bjørke. Kompakt veteran Geoffroy Mugwump & DC Salas deliver hard-hitting, EBM/industrial funk and modern disco in "Caltrops," and Hardway Bros Sean Johnston explores a galactic vernacular of beeping machines in "14.06.13." French producer Antoine Harispuru aka Golden Bug counters with his own "Fax, Flipper and Cigarettes" (feat. Lady Maru), loaded with acid and Italo-influenced bass line funk, and Israeli duo Red Axes deploy the saturnine electric guitar riffs of their 2013 EP for the label Caminho De Dreyfus in "This Is X" (feat. Jen). The Asphodells is a dub- and disco-based collaboration between Timothy J. Fairplay and Andrew Weatherall and "Prejoy (Barbaric SplendourVersion)" is a scheming assassin. Javi Redondo steps up to both diffuse and build new tension with "Insight," a track adaptable to placement anywhere in a set with its low-slung opening groove cut with cosmic synths. Andre Bratten updates the idiosyncratic sounds of '80s synth-pop pioneers into contemporary dayglo analog dance music with "Trommer og Bass," and Paresse makes a predatory first appearance with "Hunters in the Snow."