Compilation albums of various artists, particularly those that cross genres, are difficult albums to love. Usually the quality of the bands and artists vary from the downright brilliant to the completely unlistenable with those that fall into these categories differing depending on the type of music you like. Compilation albums of various artists who all happen to plough their trade in a particular locale are even more difficult to love. That is unless they are a compilation of various artists from the thriving, eclectic and compelling Brighton scene.

The Brighton music scene includes bands of all genres that you can think of, and a few that may not have been invented. Every single band on the scene seems to have emerged, fully formed, and ready for the world to clasp them to their bosom. Thankfully Brighton based gig promoters and indie label One Inch Badge have made it their mission in life to capture this nascent regional scene. They released Sea Monsters 1 last year introducing the world to the delights of Nullifier, Pope Joan, Drum Eyes, Us Baby Bear Bones and Sons of Noel and Adrian. The follow up Sea Monsters 2, an all you can eat musical buffet of the best of the current Brighton scene, includes an impressive 23 bands/artists, five more than last year's first issue, and with only four bands appearing on both albums (five if you count Black Black Hills who were formerly known as Pope Joan), it's a testament to the strength of the Brighton scene.

Sea Monsters 2 is not afraid to explore the musical outer limits. The album launches with Restlesslist's stunning seven and a half minute obtuse magnum opus 'Magma', a track with more twists and turns than a Terry Gilliam designed roller coaster. With its mix of riff heavy rock, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown style vocal and more progressive organ tinkling than a Rick Wakeman retrospective it's at least three genres on its own. There's more high octane riffage from Negative Pegasus who occupy a sparsely populated musical penisula somewhere between Kasabian and Black Sabbath. Plague Sermon brutalise the ears with their curiously melodic screamo and the album closes with 'Taedium' a fourteen minute long hypnotic dose of doom metal from Sea Bastard that's about as far from dad rock as you can get.

There is plenty on offer for those who like their pop a little more mainstream and a little less mind altering. Black Black Hills' sinister, sensual 'Celebration' could be a Kings of Leon tribute to Nick Cave. Munich's 'Hero of Mine' sounds like it's been created by a focus group of E4 viewers - it's radio friendly indie that's more contagious than mass, fuel related, panic. Nullifier's Canguu Thunderbolts sounds like a mad mash up of Orange Juice's 'Rip It Up' and the entire back catalogue of long lost scouse gloomy popsters Black. Tall ships' 'Hit The Floor' sounds like the Strokes filtered through a Bloc Party branded gauze while Tyrannosaurus Dead's '1992', sounds like a relic found in Bob Mould's attic. Coincidentally 1992's the year Mould formed Sugar.

If your ears are particularly sensitive and you prefer your music to caress rather than assault them there's Us Baby Bear Bones' mesmerizing, ethereal, fragile 'Rain', Fear of Men's sweet, twee pop, Sons of Noel & Adrian's alt-folk, Da-10's asthmatically glitchy 'Respirator', Heliopause's dreamy balladry and Robert Stillman's lo-fi orchestral 'Impossible Tree'.

All this and I still haven't mentioned the angular motorik rhythms of Cinemascope, the effortless cool of Twin Brother's 'Backseat Routine', Squadron Leaders' swampy garage or I'm Being Good's cracked Beefheartian math rock. This album has more varieties than Heinz.

Sea Monsters 2 is a perfect showcase for the variety and creativity that is spilling out of Brighton at the moment. From the other worldly quasi prog jams of Restlesslist and Negative Pegasus to the indie-pop of Munich and Black Black Hills, from the alt-folk of Sons of Noel and Adrian to the synth pop of Nullifier, from the unrelenting screamo of Plague Sermon to the doom metal of Sea Bastard there is something for everyone. It's a smorgasboard of Brighton rock, a great starting point for jumping into the refreshing waters of one of the UK's most exciting music scenes.