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ApSci Best Crisis Ever

Let’s just get this out of the way now: Dana Diaz-Tutaan’s breathy, sinuous, and fierce voice is easily the best thing about Bronx duo ApSci’s second album, Best Crisis Ever. It’s the one truly original aspect of their sound, an ambitious mish-mash of new wave, electro, and hip-hop, with both futuristic aspirations and retro influences. ApSci hints at their schizophrenic approach on their ode to psycho chicks, “Crazy Crazy Insane,” but this Sybil-like rhythmic fragmentation can be hit or miss; when it works, as on “Easy,” “Camera On,” “The Tradeoff,” and “Rip the Town Up,” it works well. The broken-beat cover of R.E.M.’s “Swan Swan H” is another nice touch.

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