Boomkat Product Review:
When this first album arrived on our doormat, we assumed it was a tribute to the music of Roedelius, Moebius and Rother, and the cycling kosmische arpeggios of BMBB's opening track seemed to confirm that this was the case. However the presence of contributors such as Wankers United and track titles such as 'Weird Ass Lovin'’ should've told us we were dealing with something altogether different, and sure enough we are: Harmonia Records is one of the world's foremost skweee stables, and this is their latest label compilation, following their seminal International Skweee sets (which now go for upwards of £75 second-hand). Remember skweee? You could be forgiven for thinking this perverse Scandinavian take on bass music had died a death in 2009, but sure enough the scene is still flourishing, and this comp showcases some of the hottest producers around. Being skweee, there's some right silliness on offer, but the best tracks bang like hell, and are rendered with a childlike insouciance and disregard for dance music "rules" that you really can't help but get behind ‘em. Pay special heed to Ben Butler and Mousepad's 'Kalim-Ba', which sounds like Joker and Gemmy remixing Shangaan Electro, the impossibly squelched-out G-funk of Levon Zoltar's 'You Down With OBP', and 'Bendz' (imagine grime if it had been invented by Konami's programming team). For every dappy cut, there's a beauty like 'Saviour''s weirdly abstract house jam 'Saviour' or Rigas Den Andre & Spartan Lover's Zomby-esque 'Something Will Be OK soon', and in the end it's hard not to be won over by this most bright-eyed and bushy-tailed of comps; those of you jaded by what dubstep has to offer right now should wrap your ears around it sharpish. Get skweeed!