Various Artists Delusions of Grandeur (Hardkiss)
Culled from the singles and unreleased catalogs of San Francisco's Hardkiss - the royal family of American experimental electronic pop music - Delusions puts forth a soundtrack for MIDI sex in outer space. The Hardkiss output has been limited to vinyl until now, so Delusions arrives as a blessing to those of us without turntables. Hardkiss breaks the structures of house, ambient, and dub, here providing a deep look into the soul of progressive electronic music via a double-disc set. The radical innovation and raw sonic power make it difficult to ignore.
- Scott Taves