Art Department – The Mix Collection – Renaissance

Stripped down and lean in the singular sense sees Art Department operate with no less vigour than before. Indeed, this trip through the sights and sounds of No.19 Jonny White’s imagination is if anything all the more pointedly engaged. This edition of the famed Mix Collection series transcends this profound collection of notes and machines with an ease which finds songs sit comfortably next to deeper electronics as the strength of the music is distilled into creative landscapes that positively point to the future, while not being particularly restrained by any restrictive formulas of the past. Two CD’s worth of noteworthy artists perform here, some of which you will be already familiar with, others perhaps not so. And in a real sense why spoil any of the pleasure of surprise by listing them all now. Just press Play.
5 out of 5
Reviewed by Greg Fenton