The culture of electronic music has long been intrinsically filtered through a dark lens; long nights and dark warehouses lend to this world an onyx edge. However, a more apt illustration of this culture can be found in the color white. While black is the absence of all color, white is the presence of every hue. Gradient Collective's second composition, Colors Vol. 2, shines bright with the perfect mixture of classic techno, progressive, trance, and melodic techno. A veritable rainbow, this comp exudes creativity and a love for music at every turn. The result is a bright but grounded 16-track compilation that exists not only as a celebration of music, but as a concrete symbol of the idea of a "collective," where the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts. Familiar faces like project founder Julian Gray, GHOST DATA and Dex Machina are joined by new forces such as the venerable Matt Lange and ASHE, leaving the listener with equal feelings of comfort and excitement. With every hue perfectly in balance, the white-hot result serves as a catalyst for the listener's creativity as well as an appreciation of the artists'.