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IOTDXI [VINYL] Box set


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  • Vinyl (21 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: R&S
  • ASIN: B005IXSNLM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pariah - Safehouses - Pariah
2. Model 500 - OFI (Bullion's rivertrance mix) - Model 500
3. The Chain - Lostwithiel - The Chain
4. Lone - Coreshine Voodoo - Lone
5. James Blake - CMYK - James Blake
6. Pariah - Orpheus - Pariah
7. Untold - Stereo Freeze - Untold
8. James Blake - I Only Know (What I Know Now) - James Blake
9. Cloud Boat - Lions On The Beach - Cloud Boat
10. Blawan - Bohla - Blawan
11. Space Dimension Controller - Transatlantic Landing Bay - Space Dimension Controller
12. Vondelpark Camels - Vondelpark
13. Space Dimension Controller - The Birth Of A Feeling (Exclusive track)
14. Lone - Cobra (Exclusive track)
15. Blawan - Shader (Exclusive track)
16. Pariah - Left Unsaid (Exclusive track)
17. Bullion - Ralph (Exclusive track)
18. Klaus - Tarry (Exclusive track)
19. Untold - U-29 (Exclusive track)
20. The Chain - Suffer For Your Art (Exclusive track)
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BBC Review

Throughout the 1990s the rearing black stallion of Belgium’s R&S Records graced the centre label of a stream of great techno records, from Golden Girls’ Kinetic and Aphex Twin’s Didgeridoo to Model 500’s classic Deep Space album. At the turn of the millennium, however, releases on the label had slowed to a trickle, and ceased entirely between 2001 and 2006. Since then R&S, now based in London, has been building a new identity, chiefly on the porous borders between dubstep and techno, while attempting to preserve some links to its past, including the continuation of the In Order to Dance compilation series.

CD one features previously released tracks from current and recent members of the roster, while CD two presents 10 exclusive tracks. The two discs comprise an impressive array of production talent and musicianship, with the best-known name here being that of recent Mercury prize nominee James Blake. R&S has been home to the best music of his career so far, 2010’s CMYK and Klavierwerke EPs. His Kelis-sampling CMYK and the lulling I Only Know (What I Know Now) are the most ingeniously arranged things on IOTDXI by some distance. Untold (whose Hemlock label released Blake’s first EP) also impresses with the caustic techno strut of Stereo Freeze and new track U-29. John Updike once wrote about the "gleaming economy and aggressive minimalism" of Ernest Hemingway’s early stories, which will also do nicely for this sparse but intricately layered track. It’s uncanny, clever, and floor-shredding all at once.

Elsewhere there is a lot of proficiency but a lack of innovation. Belfast’s much-praised Space Dimension Controller makes lush, intricate, but ultimately retrograde deep house; Lone’s two contributions feature elements of UK funky and dubstep-indebted sub-bass that are overwhelmed by unreconstructed rave stabs and whistle samples; The Chain’s Suffer for Your Art is pastiche Detroit techno that would have generated serious excitement if it had come out 15 years ago. Quoting from the past is an artistic manoeuvre with a long and justifiable history, but doing it in as wholesale a fashion as this is cultural conservatism.

London’s Pariah sits on both sides of this dichotomy. Safehouses, which opens CD one, is a sweetly executed bit of ambient drift that would (and could) have appeared on R&S’s ambient offshoot Apollo in the 1990s. New track Left Unsaid, on the other hand, sits somewhere between techno, field recording and drone composition. Its freshness is bracing, as is that of former James Blake collaborator Airhead’s Lightmeters, which attains a space far beyond the rigidities of conventional dubstep. At such moments, IOTDXI really does sound like 2011. --Chris Power

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
By the way, I presume "IOTDXI" is "In Order to Dance 2011" not VOLUME 11? By my calculation this is, in fact, only volume 7 - albeit we've had a 15 year wait since volume 6. Anyway, the IOTD series was, along with the Tresor compilations and others, once an easy way of bringing your record collection bang up-to-date. Whilst this new volume, is very good in parts, there's nothing that really grabs you, nothing in the same league as say, Beltram's "Energy Flash" or Aphex Twin's "Didgeridoo" (but then again, what is?).

Don't get me wrong, there's some really good stuff on here, in particular Pariah as R&S's answer to Burial, Space Dimension Controller, Blawan and special mention must go to a chap called Nathan Boddy who I didn't previously know but, whose name seems to crop up on all the best tracks (check, for example, The Chain's "Suffer For Your Art"). Although, the quality's consistently high, there's nothing as arresting, as raw or as dangerous as, say, what's on the 5 : Five Years Of Hyperdub compilation from a few years back. For me, the sound is too restrained, dare I say it too mainstream? It may be my age - this record may well sound better to people less well-versed in the ways of techno than me (after all, years ago I remember thinking myself that Pink Floyd fans who slagged off New Order were just past it) but I do get the impression that R&S these days have become a feeder label for crossover dance artists such as James Blake and Delphic (remember them?) rather than concentrating on cutting edge output.
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By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
While retaining their seal--a gorgeous Cavallino Rampante sampled from Ferrari--Renaat and Sabine, the founders of R&S Records, have had their roots infused with the gritty attitude of London dub. The catalyst? Their relocation to the UK from the label's founding home of Ghent, Belgium.

Having kept a low profile of late, R&S have been championing forward-thinking electronica since the 1980s. With the revival of the label's classic In Order to Dance compilation series, we're happy to welcome them back.

The smorgasbord on offer in the first CD, which showcases the talent cultivated by the label over the last 18 months, should satisfy most appetites. But if the feast leaves you desperate for more, the second disc is filled with some sweet, unheard delights.

DJ's familiar to R&S' new breed will skip the main for the dessert to sample the exclusives and pick out some choice tracks to debut on the weekend. Most of the songs on this CD have a techno/old-school undercurrent and will sit nicely in the basement raves.

A select few harness a deeper atmosphere rendering them preferable to the solitary confinement of your bedroom for a more cinematic effect. Heads will no doubt bop to the industrial rhythms of Blawan's `Shader' and Untold's nostalgic `U-29′, but it is the more alternative meddling that stands out. Bullion's `Ralph' is an intriguing addiction in its slightly off-kilter approach; the techniques employed very much what is on showcase in the first highlight CD.

And it is the first CD that underlines the eclecticism that shapes Renaat & Sabine's outlook.
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