Jun 2012 25

Various Artists - Matrix Downloaded [001]Various Artists
Category: Compilations / Industrial
Album: Matrix Downloaded [001]
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: Alfa Matrix marks its 10th anniversary with a whimper rather than a bang.


To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Belgian electronic label Alfa Matrix has released a large compilation featuring much of its currently active roster. Though one would think a retrospective compilation showcasing Alfa Matrix’s best releases of the past decade would have been more fitting to mark the occasion, Alfa Matrix instead gives a taste of what the label currently has to offer. Originally offered for free to fans through the label’s Facebook page for a limited time, those who missed the initial free offer may find this somewhat lackadaisically assembled compilation not worth shelling out cash for.

The compilation starts with a series of low-key mellow tracks that just blend together and fade into an uninteresting drone that isn’t broken until Virgins O.R. Pigeons. Unfortunately, “Gotta Get Mad” only stands out because of its horribly uninspired sampling of the famous speech from the film Network feeling like it consists more of the movie audio than it does music. The compilation isn’t without its strong points though. Siva Six’s “Faileth Stars” is a blisteringly energetic dance track and 32Crash’s “The Man Who Came from Later” is a quirky little song that basks in its science fiction imagery. Razorfade also makes a strong showing giving listeners a taste of what these former Ikon members have to offer. Alas, the compilation once again sort of trails off into a series of harsh aggrotech and electro tracks that, though not outright bad, don’t really do anything distinctive or memorable as they blend together into a formless mass of angry beats. A more strategic mixing of tracks with the opening mellow tracks interspersed within the later more aggressive tracks would have helped tremendously.

Unfortunately, Matrix Downloaded [001] comes across like a large missed opportunity. Beyond passing on the opportunity to show off the best of the label from the past decade, this compilation doesn’t even best show off what the label currently has to offer. With the seemingly slapdash arrangement of the tracks and the very large number of them, this release becomes more of a chore than a pleasure to get through. For the tracks that do shine, this would absolutely have been worth the bandwidth when it was a free download, but now that the free opportunity has passed, it’s pretty questionable if there are enough merits to justify the purchase.
Track list:
Disc 1

  1. Psy’Aviah – Ok
  2. Essence of Mind – In the Night (Edit)
  3. Stray – Miles from Here
  4. Diskonnekted – Atlantis (Re:Discovered)
  5. Ayria – Blue Alice (Dead When I Found Her Mix)
  6. Virgins O.R. Pigeons – Gotta Get Mad
  7. Siva Six – Faileth Stars
  8. Malakwa – Monster (Kant Kino Mix)
  9. Dunkelwerk – Kommt (Short Cut)
  10. Haushetaere – Hetaere (Exclusive AM Version)
  11. Aiboforcen – Shadows
  12. 32Crash – The Man Who Came from Later
  13. Halo in Reverse – Into It
  14. I:Scintilla – Swimmers Can Drown
  15. Star Industry – Heart Man Angel (Single Edit)
  16. Razorfade – Clear Shining (Radio Edit)
  17. Technoir – Shapes (Rough Mix)

Disc 2

  1. Implant feat. Leæther Strip – Lord Knows I Tried
  2. Plastic Noise Experience – Electronic Bodies (Long Edit)
  3. Pouppee Fabrikk – Symptoms (Disease Mix)
  4. Armageddon Dildos – High
  5. Diffuzion – DBD (While U Can)
  6. Kant Kino – Owner of This House Lives Here (Club Mix)
  7. Freakangel – My Darling Bullet
  8. Schwarzblut – Schlusspoetiek
  9. Krystal System – Nuclear Winter (North Star Side)
  10. Unter Null – Godless (Dedman Mix)
  11. Acylum – Your Pain v2.0
  12. Amgod – Hospitalism (Jactatio Corporis)
  13. Mentallo & the Fixer – Legion of Leper (Re-Edit)
  14. Neikka RPM – Warped (Version 2)
  15. Komor Kommando – The Factory Incident (iVardensphere Mix)
  16. Helalyn Flowers – E-race Generation (Studio-X Mix)
  17. Alien Vampires – Won’t See Ya Even in Hell

Alfa Matrix Website http://alfa-matrix.com
Alfa Matrix MySpace http://www.myspace.com/alfamatrix
Alfa Matrix Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Alfa.Matrix
Alfa Matrix Twitter http://twitter.com/alfamatrix
Purchase at:
Amazon MP3
Trubie Turner (Flexei)

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