Pittsburgh's given us the prolific Pittsburgh Track Authority and Chase Smith (WT Records, Argot) as of late, and the new Detour label evidences the city is emerging as midwest (ish) hotspot for underground sounds. Remarkably consistent in style for a V/A, PTA starts things off with straightforward Detroit techno, reminiscent of prime Carl Craig. Mirko (who has also released on Ithaca's excellent Blank Slate), goes dark with "Arena", nestling a cool didgeridoo-like bassline within austere, Function-style techno. The young producer Naeem is responsible for the comp's most adventurous track, a gritty house track that mixes tough percussion and dreamy melodies like Omar S.
The Citizen's Band
Airy, tripping house EP from TCB. The title track introduces the loose, nuanced percussion that defines the EP, with a boogie influenced bass line and melodic piano progression serving as an inviting introduction. "Disrupted" is headier, with searching synth leads recalling Four Tet's most psychedelic work. "Eddy's Theme" continues down a similar Krautrock/Border Community-influenced path, while closer "Freefall" is built on a cosmic, arpeggiated theme which will appeal to fans of Steve Moore and Pye Corner Audio.