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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 02 May 2014
Soundtrack fiends and library music aficionados, gather round! Here's a totally excellent compilation from Public Information, a sort of unofficial sequel to their Parry Music Library anthology from a couple of years back, but this time they venture to Standard Music Library in London. This library has had some extraordinary talent on its books over the years, from the early days of Ron Grainer, Delia Derbyshire, Tony Visconti and Sven Libaek through Brian Eno to more contemporary characters such as Matthew Herbert, Steven Stapleton and DJ Krust.
Not all of the big names I just mentioned actually appear on this compilation, before you get your hopes up, but that doesn't reflect on the consistently high quality of all the material here from the likes of Richard Hewson, Mike Vickers, John Keating and Chris McCormack as the listener is swept through a procession of instrumental moods full of classic synths and funky grooves and cheeky, evocative melodies and space-bound dronescapes.
Two highlights come late on with Marco Pirroni's (Adam and the Ants!) Link Wray-esque distorto-stomp miniature 'Mystery Stomp (B)' immediately followed by the modular bleep-funk of John Kongos's 'On The Streets', both outrageously fun. The compilation is not sequenced chronologically so you've got vintage library stuff rubbing shoulders with more recent electronic ambient experiments, but the sounds are uniformly wonderful and you'll listen to this one over and over.
A tremendously enjoyable collection. Only a whisker away from full marks.
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