Various Artists ‘Superlongevity Six’ (Perlon)

Words by: Susan Howard
Posted: 28/7/17 10:50

You might have to wait a few years for a Perlon all stars compilation but when they arrive they're worth the wait

Let’s talk numbers. Superlongevity 6 is another various artists compilation of tracks by the Berlin label’s extended family of artists. The original Superlongevity album was released in 1999. The label celebrates 20 years of releases this year and 18 years later we’re still only on Superlongevity number 6. The last was released in 2010. Contrast this album series with most techno label’s various artist compilations and you’ll agree the Superlongevity output is one of the most intermittent in dance music. 6 finds the Perlon family on fine fettle, exploring the outer limits of house music as ever with much the same original cast as the original. Its ranks have expanded to include new artists such as Spacetravel or Binh. And even a former member of English indie band, The Wedding Present. But the ethos is much the same, a dedication to abstract electronic music that is at its most challenging on tracks like Narcotic Syntax’s bpm skipping ‘Agents With Fatty Acids’ or Ricardo Villalobos’ eerie scat track ‘Gono Fuznuk.’ It peaks fittingly at the end with the swirling melodics of Melchior Productions Ltd ‘The Hope’ which finds the long time Perlon contributor on impressive form. It would be a criticism to most labels to describe their sound as not changing much in twenty years. But for Perlon that feels like a compliment. A badge of honour even.

IV score: 8/10


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