Manchester’s Dansu Discs has been a home to lush ambient, jacking house cuts, reggae-tinged disco and simmering acid. But while the curation might appear to some as fairly disparate on paper, there’s a playful, kaleidoscopic quality – typified on tracks from the likes of Japan’s Keita Sano and Toronto duo Ciel and Roberto S – which ties it all together.
Their compilations are the closest thing you’ll find to a complete distillation of the Dansu Discs sound, and the second volume, a 16-track affair with material from friends and admired artists, comes sporting a storming slice of acid techno from label founder Max Wyatt. Although impeccably arranged, by the time we’ve entered the latter stages it’s grown into a maelstrom of trance motifs, frenzied breaks, phosphorescent pads and searing 303. Rough and ready, just like it says on the tin.
VA Compilation Vol.2 is out July 12th on Dansu Discs – pre-order direct from the label.