[Release] Following last year’s hugely popular Soul Clap Social Experiment compilation, electronic music heavyweights Art Department step into the driving seat to compile and mix the latest installment of No.19 Music’s album series. This is an outstanding taster in the form of the vinyl sampler featuring original material from My Favorite Robot, Gregorythme, and Art Department themselves.

At this stage in its evolution, No.19 Music should need little introduction, having taken the world by storm over the last few years with its sterling musical output and unforgettable ‘Social Experiment’ parties that have seen the label creating a twisted fantasyland at events like Sonar, BPM Festival and most recently at Fabric, London. At the heart of the label’s success has been the driving force, label boss Jonny White, whose passion and vision have helped shape the label into a vehicle for some of the most exciting music around.

And so, it is fitting that the next installment in No.19’s ‘Social Experiment’ compilation series should be brought to life by Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow, AKA Art Department. They’re not going to give away too much about the album just yet, suffice to say that it will include a host of brand new material from some of the most sought after and exciting artists around. To whet your appetite however they have a very special sampler featuring a brand new track from Art Department and a sterling contribution from My Favorite Robot.

The A side features the epic ten and a half minute ‘Insomniac’, a wonderfully rich and emotive cut that draws together warm bubbling bass, old school synths and Kenny’s haunting vocals to create a record with a truly sensual feel, sublime stuff. On the flip things get started with another highlight from the forthcoming compilation, the superb ‘Not Progress’ from fellow Toronto artist My Favorite Robot. The MFR boys deliver a deep & melancholic yet blissfully emotive track that features their trademark vocals over a richly produced backing that perfectly hits the mark. To close the package Switzerland’s Gregorythme offers up the excellent ‘Artificial Tears’, a deep and emotive track that is a perfect final piece on this stunning sampler.

This will be No.19 Music’s final release for 2012 and it certainly closes the year in style with one of their strongest singles to date. It’s also a truly exciting taster of what’s to come from next year’s ‘Social Experiment 3’ compilation, roll on 2013. As always, No.19 and Art Department push the boundaries with each release that are so in tune with their enigmatic sound that transports us to a twisted fantasy. There’s a reason they’re at the top. 

Artist: Various Artists – Compiled by Art Department
Title:  Art Department Social Experiment
Label: No.19 Music
Release Date: December 17th
Catalog: No19030