Various Pleasure Vibe 2000

This sampler showcases Seattle's contemporary suburban underground. M'Lumbo, Amy Denio and Bill Horist explore experimental terrain between dance culture and rock, combining feedback and reverse loops with dance grooves, drum machines and samples. While the gothic punk of Pineal Ventana suggests early Roxy Music meets Siouxsie and the Banshees, retro-slacker bands like Bethany Curve, Intonarumori and SubArachnoid Space recall the pre-grunge era of England's shoe-gazing scene. Jupiter 88's "Central Square" is brilliant, balmy pop, combining performance art through a megaphone with drum machines, sample loops, viola and cello for an audacious example of post-Mark E. Smith pop minimalism. (Unit Circle Rekkids)