Like the first edition, All Stars Vol.2 is partly a round-up of last year's best tracks and partly a collection of new club anthems. Among the familiar highlights are the brutal eskibeat slam of Bok Bok's "Silo Pass," Girl Unit's shapeshifting "Ensemble" and particularly Helix's "Drum Track," previously available only on vinyl. Helix's track is a perfect embodiment of the latter day Night Slugs ethos: he makes a mountain out of a molehill with just a few drum sounds and an uncannily Night Slugs synth, boiling down the idea of club music to a clear, genre-less aperitif. It's dead simple and all the more expansive for it.
The new material is every bit as promising. On the poppier end of things, Girl Unit extends the outro of last year's "Double Take," where shooting-star synths dance on slabs of sub-bass like nimble ballerinas, while Kingdom provides his version of a ballad with the uncharacteristically restrained "Bank Head." Egyptrixx delivers a strait-laced banger in "Adult," and the whole gang team up for a "Street Mix" of L-Vis 1990's "Lost In Love," stripping it of its sickly sweet pop treacle and making a screw-faced monster out of it.
Most hearteningly, American newcomer Morri$ finally gets a proper release. Just like Girl Unit, he fetishizes the holographic allure of southern rap beats, but fastens them to a distinctly American hip-hop template whose breezy synths I've already seen described as "chill trap." The addition of another geographically distant producer whose music sounds so identifiably Night Slugs is proof of the label's worldwide influence as well as its continued A&R excellence.