With many labels as independent as Fox these days (read: the furthest limb of some giant sprawling media empire), it’s nice to see unknown musicians finding a home on truly independent imprints. LunaticWorks’s third volume serves up nine tunes by nine newcomers (many set to deliver full-lengths soon), and spans most bedroom producer styles and tempos. George Katsiris’s “1er Cru” rides a loping groove, with harp and bass sliding against each other in a concise summary of sampler cool. Fruitbat’s “Zenuba” goes in the other direction, mashing distorted darkcore bass against hectic breaks in a 13-minute jungle epic of the mind.
Rob Geary