Virgin's second volume of experimental/new school dub extrapolations doesn't reach quite as far afield as the first. The organizing principle is still dub's insidious mutation through hip-hop, trip-hop, electro, jungle, and weirdo downtempo, but most of the tracks here are bunched about the murky midpoint of what could be considered dub's contemporary milieu, where the first volume seemed to move from extremity to extremity with each track. Most of the material seems bathed in a sort of vague, analog-y distortion, a point either of overall consistency or a bit of a cop-out, depending on your perspective. There are still some gems to be found, though, including Rhys Chatham
and Martin Wheeler's
"Altesse," and Techno Animal's
remixes of Magnet
(!), Mouse On Mars'
too-brief "Sehn Sud," and the Underdog