December 2014 Local Music Reviews

Local Review: Various Artists – Industry

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Various Artists
Industry
Hel Audio
Street: 08.30
Industry = West in Dust compilation + Ghostly International Records + Software Records

Hel Audio is one of the most exciting things to emerge from Utah Valley in forever. This compilation is a strong showing of Hel Audio’s growing stable of synth-based artists embracing and blending elements of ambient, techno, a skewered take on acid house and kraut into a sound that, while embraced individually, gives Hel Audio a certain aesthetic that is instantly recognizable. Artists in this compilation range from the arpeggio-heavy bass lines of the ambient-leaning Moonlets and Ben Best & Karl Jørgensen to the submerged percussion of Kyle Luntz and Mooninite, to the classic techno revival spawned by UTA Trax and Utah Acid Crew. This is an incredibly strong cross-section of some of the most sonically adventurous electronic music coming out of Utah (or anywhere for that matter), flying under the Hel Audio flag. –Ryan Hall

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