There really is something for everyone in the first of a new series from Aeronautic Records, who are looking to focus on future bass sounds but are casting the net far and wide as they do so. On their travels around the US they encounter intriguing artists like Philadelphia’s Dev 79, who whips up a storm with Swimwear in ‘Shoot Dice’. This contrasts nicely with the slower ‘Whenever You Want Me’ from Chicago producer ATMAN, who channels what sounds a bit like vintage LFO into an intriguing bit of slower bass music. Also impressing in this wide ranging compilation are Illinois producer Pleasure, whose ‘Chicken Strip’ is oddly disconcerting, Double Identity, who goes for the funkier end of the beats with ‘R U Ready’, and Radius, who channels a more chilled, dubby sound in the closing track ‘The Strokes’. If you want to explore this hotbed of burgeoning US electronic talent, there are certainly many rewards to be found.
Ben Hogwood
4 out of 5