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Arctic Hospital Neon Veils

Here comes love: from Wisconsin, by way of Japan, it's the first release on a promising new label (an offshoot of Plop) dedicated to techno, dub, and minimal. Eric Bray's work as Arctic Hospital–he's also in a band called The World on Higher Downs–is warmer than its name suggests, and it's got nothing to do with coldness or routine functionality. Each of Bray's eight tracks of ambitiously crafted techno exceeds the six-minute mark, so they seem designed to fade deliciously into and out of the likes of Luomo and Minilogue in a DJ set. With an edge that's aerobic as well as cerebral (not to mention, pretty), they're all sharp enough for the discriminating dancefloor.

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