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The Ed Banger boys are back in town with an all new compilation, called Let The Children Techno, and it marks a return to form for the infamous French label – yes we know it’s a terrible name – and some what confusing, as we were dreading a CD full of techno.

We couldn’t be anymore wrong, it’s not techno, well there is some In there, but its a good old fashioned compilation straddling every possible genre you can think, house, electro, dubstep, fidget and funk. You can expect to find the all stars of Ed Banger Records including Busy P, Sebastian, Breakbot as well as a plethora of other artists from Djedtronic to Brodinski.

Over the last few years it seemed like Ed Rec were going a bit sideways, their much coveted sound was no longer talk of the town and while some of their bigger names took a back seat – it begun to look and sound like Ed Banger Records was getting a bit stale.

Step forward Breakbot – a man who makes funk – he’s beeen at the forefront of their revival – call him the anti-bangor. And his presence as well the signing of Cassisus and Square Pusher has got people talking about Ed Banger again.

The compilation is jam-packed full of great tracks and all expertly mixed by Busy P and DJ Mehdi – notable tracks to listen out for come via Breakbot’s funk-phenomenon ‘Shades of Blake ‘. Man of the moment Siriusmo’s eosoteric ‘Idiot’. And Mr Oizo intro track which is just superb.

Blog favourite SebastiAn pops his head in for a moment, to show everyone why we’re all still eagerly anticipating his debut album – we’ve been promised it’s coming – and for us it can’t come soon enough.

The whole compilation marks a return to form for Ed Banger Records, it’s weird and wonderful and not the usual blend we’d expect from them.

But they finally look like they are moving on and looking to broaden their horizons – one thing is for sure Busy P has been listening to a lot of Dubstep and you can tell most of the guest spots go to a variety of Dubstepper’s with L-Vis 1990, Skream and Flying Lotus all given the nod on ‘Let The Children Techno’. Ultimately the success of this compilation will come down to ‘Let The Children Choose’ we think that they will.

HBF Rating 9/10

Out worldwide now.

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.