Peer into the future of DIY club anthems.
Ninja Tune loon Slugabed launched his Activia Benz label at the tail-end of 2012 with an EP of Belorussian 8-bit by Deech, followed by a clutch of bizarre transmissions from the likes of Eloq, 813 and the boss himself on last year’s This Is A Warning.
So far, so unique, and now Slugabed has gathered together the original Activia acts and a swathe of pals including Silkersoft, DZA, DJ DJ Booth and My Panda Shall Fly for a 12-track compilation, Activia Frenz Vol. 1 (set to be the first in a series).
Listen out for “deep space R&B” and “one-take analogue techno” as well as a stash of Rustie-influenced, neon-daubed DIY club music that draws on everything from hip-hop, grime and rave to video games, boogie, new age, Drake and elevator muzak.
Remarkable stuff and essential listening, too, for anyone interested in the mutated 21st century vibes of vaporwave.