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Booka Shade The Sun and the Neon Light

It’s almost too perfect that Berlin’s Booka Shade included a track called “Comacabana” on this latest outing–you could just as easily doze off to these jams as freak out. The album’s split personality has everything to do with the overall sound, which wraps every wash and click into a pleasant, straight-lined cleanliness. But rather than come off as overtly sterile, tracks like “Duke” don’t so much flaunt obsessive details as bask in thoughtful, warm craftsmanship. Unfortunately, the flipside to that approach is that sometimes The Sun verges into coffee-table territory, asserting a level of refinement that seems at odds with the (supposed) goal.

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