Various Artists
Fourthcity Compilation 2004

This full-length release from the globe-spanning fourthcity crew covers all the bases with 18 selections of solid laptop science. The frequencies waver and hum through Zapan's "Please Love Me" and Absolute Madman's delicate and melodic "Requiem." The click and bounce of a few hip-hop infused rhythms segue into Balsa's erratic and somewhat schizophrenic "st3" (a definite favorite) and Antiscience's jazzy "Outta This World." There are even a number of bona fide club tracks. A high-end sound system is really the best way to go with this one. No, it's the only way. -- Kristopher Monroe


published in Tablet Magazine Issue 89, July 2004...