The title of this disc provokes an important question: If this is indeed the only blip hop record you will ever need, why bother with a multiple-volume series (as the set's title does imply future vol

The title of this disc provokes an important question: If this is indeed the only blip hop record you will ever need, why bother with a multiple-volume series (as the set's title does imply future volumes)? With this question out of the way, David Byrne's Luaka Bop imprint does its best to give this musical genre some credence. According to the set's liner notes, this particular type of music blossomed "at the end of the 20th century." OK, so it isn't exactly cutting-edge material; Mouse on Mars, Pole, and Tarwater all have interesting and varied catalogues, but you wouldn't know it from the songs included here. Schneider TM's contribution is the only number that distinguishes itself from the downtempo sameness, but it does so with an annoying array of toybox sounds. Although the compilation celebrates the "radical new programming languages" created by these artists, the minimalist drones and random blips and beeps are nothing new. The bottom line? From the talented and visionary Byrne, we should all expect more.—JDF