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Squarepusher: Melody and Method

Sadist. Self-saboteur. Shit disturber. Over the years, Tom Jenkinson has been called all of the above, sometimes by his beleaguered fans. Like a jazz drummer who refuses to lay in the pocket, his discography's 11-year arc has been winding and evasive; to the frustration of many, the Chelmsford, UK-born musician has made an art of dabbling in subgenres just long enough to prove his ability before moving on.

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Anja Schneider: Maximum Mobilee

It's somewhere in the wee hours at Barcelona's Raum club, and Anja Schneider helms the turntables, grinning ear to ear. She has reason to smile: tonight's party, a pre-Sónar showcase for her Mobilee imprint, is packed wall-to-wall and going wild. The fledgling label is less than two years and two dozen releases old, and none of its artists are household names, even for die-hard techno insiders; nevertheless it's built its rep–as one of the bright lights of the new generation of "minimal"–into a pretty maximal buzz. Read more » 

Sasse: Multiple Personalities

Amidst the influx of electronic music producers claiming Berlin as their new home, Sasse Lindblad is what you might call an early adopter. The 33-year-old producer moved there in the late '90s to take advantage of what didn't exist in his native Finland: low rents, great clubs, and a thriving, diverse culture. "The most important thing is the chilled surroundings where I work," he says. "Prenzlauer Berg, where my studios are, is more like a village inside a huge city. Very nice and relaxed, but still very productive."

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Ocean Club: Uncharted Waters

Berlin shot through the electronic music ranks during the first half of the decade, rising from vibrant outpost to the scene's global epicenter. With a tight-knit community of producers and labels, it suddenly seemed like every digitized beat emanated from the once-divided city.

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K.I.Z.: Girls, Grilling, and Hip-Hop

K.I.Z. seriously loves hip-hop, but their hip-hop is anything but serious. On "Hurensohn" ("Son of A Whore") they rap "I'm gonna party on your grave/You try the crip walk once again and I'll rip off your legs." "Riesenglied" (which translates as "DickCock") is a remake of Absolute Beginner's 1998 German rap hit "Liebeslied" ("Love Songs") with a psychedelic phallocentrism that would make Too $hort blush; a sample lyric: "Met up with your daughter at night in the forest/I dressed as a tree, she had my branch in her throat."

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