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Ark Caliente

On his third album, the frizzy-haired Frenchman known as Ark runs a wire across minimal techno‘s long, glossy runway, and uses the resulting crash-bang collapse as the source for his delightfully messy beats. Ark‘s always drawn as much from hip-hop as techno, and here his cross-cutting chaos continues in the same vein, counterposing blocky piano samples with jittery drum programming and gum-on-the-sole basslines. Best of all, his anthemic "I like the way your booty shake" tune (a.k.a. "Sucubz") gets a reprise, and Jamie Lidell weighs in with some robot soul.

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