Round Black Ghosts 2
After the great response to ~scape's first survey of the creative cross-fertilization of dubstep and techno, Round Black Ghosts enters its second round. Yet again, Stefan Betke (Pole), Barbara Preisinger and Tim Tetzner join forces to scent out exceptional examples of dubstep skirting the boundaries of techno and other flavors of electronic music. The result: eleven defining and definitive tracks of a musical (r)evolution that has moved far beyond its London origins, reflected in the huge variety of nationalities assembled on this CD: from L.A. and Bristol to Bucharest and St. Petersburg. The emergence of a creative "axis" between London and Berlin adds to the relevance of this compilation. Among its figureheads: former Londoner and new Berliner Scuba, who jumped the Channel in 2007 and contributes a previously-unreleased track, "Bleach," to Round Black Ghosts 2. His club night Sub.Stance, at Berlin's legendary techno-heaven Berghain, has become THE point of reference for the latest techno/dubstep crossover. Other contributing producers with strong collaborative ties to Berlin's musicians, labels and mastering studios include Appleblim and Ramadanman. In this growing and ever-evolving network, ~scape fills a pivotal role: with in-house legend Pole, collaborations by artists like Shackleton and Peverelist and, last but not least, this vital compilation.