Putting the Morr Back in Morrissey

Compilations of electronic music don't get any more enjoyable and essential than Putting the Morr Back in Morrissey, a sampler of techno soundsmiths on Thomas Morr's superb German record label. Getting past the Smiths pun in the title, one encounters more than two hours of bubbly, warm sounds from some of the most promising knob twiddlers in the business. Though there are a number of musical styles compiled, from contemplative post-rock hybrids to IDM to electro, the artists all share a knack for crafting sweet organic songs. Genre-besting moments peak out of every nook and cranny. The Notwist, Herrmann & Kleine, Lali Puna, B. Fleischmann, ISAN, and Tied & Tickled Trio are all captured at the top of their games. The first disc of the two-disc set consists of 14 original compositions; disc two presents 14 remixes where artists pair up and remix each other's songs, whether the songs derive from disc one or anywhere else in the label's discography. The most remarkable thing about the compilation is that it's such a cohesive listen from start to finish. Morr Music is establishing itself as one of the most forwarding-thinking, smart collectives of musicians on the planet. Putting the Morr Back in Morrissey is engrossing proof. ~ Tim DiGravina

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