Various Clicks & Cuts 2

When compact discs first came out, part of the joy of listening to a digital recording was the absence of those annoying clicks that were commonplace on many an overplayed vinyl recording. But for fans of Mille Plateux, it's the click that's become the new source of pleasure. The thought of listening to three discs worth of clicks as well as cuts, ticks, snaps, glitches and other bits of digital noise might seem torturous for the first-time listener, but for those who have always appreciated the most undanceable and dissonant extremes of techno, breakbeat and dub, these organisations of chaos are prophets for the sound of electronic music to come. There are moments in the set where it feels like the listener is being pushed through a fast-forward of tracks on a disc-changer. The pastiche of fragments is interesting and Antonelli Electr.'s "Unintense" is certainly the more dynamic of these. Other pieces, like Cyclo's "C5.1" and Frank Bretschneider's "Vibetan" seem to gather micro-temporal elements of sonic dust into a never-ending loop that's destined for monotony. That said, there are quite a few that manage to bring some personality to the discs. The minimal electronics of snd's "Circa 1666" offers one of the rare moments of melody and actual song-like progressions. Thomas Brinkmann's "0100" takes the click into an mesmerising aural hurricane and Station Rose pushes electro into one of the dark and engaging zones disruption on "Smoother Than Strange." But while most of the compilation hangs in anonymity, it also recalls those seminal albums on Mo'Wax or Warp from the early '90s, where it's entirely about the concept of the click rather than the individual artists - which is perfect if you're about to start a movement. Clickno anyone? (Mille Plateaux)