While snappy compilation titles clearly aren't their thing, New York's Plan B Recordings have been responsible for some good quality techno over the past four years. Their sound is particularly interesting, sitting somewhere between classic Detroit sounds, the retro-futurism of Aril Brikha, the space-obsessed contemporary noodlings of Jeff Mills and sparkling electronica. This first label compilation of 2012 offers all of those things and more, including a dash of bassy electro (Marshallito's "Meltdown"), Meat Beat Manifesto-ish techno-breaks (DJ Spider's excellent opener) and spoken word-laden ambient with a message (Spider Bites' paranoid closer "Crawling Towards Chaos").
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