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Review: Gilles Peterson Gp04

Label: TrustTheDJ

Swiss-made, London-based Gilles Peterson survived radio piracy and stashing vinyl booty over 20 years ago to feed his adoration of soul, jazz and hip-hop forms into GP04. With characteristic precision, Peterson selects a superfluity of artists who buck profiles. Peterson opens with Gallic abstract beats from DJ Vadim-produced TTC and the Latin posturing of Headtric featuring Joshua Baumgarten. Philly's King Britt (feat. Quasimoto), LA's The Rebirth, and Detroit Experiment represent the best of US smooth tempos with a bit o' bite. Troubleman, Beatfanatic and Mr. Read more » 

Review: D. Kay 7 Epsilon Come Easy

Label: Defunked

The Austrian bad boys who gave us the sublime Balearic drum & bass hit "Barcelona" unleash their debut single for the esteemed Defunked imprint, and what a single it is. Where "Barcelona" was somewhat straightforward in its delivery, "Come Easy" is on a deeper vibe, yet still has the tuff beats and bass to keep it firmly rooted in dancefloor territory. Here's hoping there's more to come from D.Kay and his collaborative efforts with Epsilon. Read more » 

Review: Duplex Overdue

Label: Klakson

Straight outta Holland, techno hero Duplex continues to roll out some wonderful Detroit-style 4/4 innovation. "Entropia 03 mx" lands a jaunty, clap-laden thump and soaring keyboard melodies, contrasting "Subconscious"'s more swirling synth ballet and "quaoar LM 60"'s stealthy, melodic, breakbeat-ish romp. Superb. Read more » 

Review: Belles In Monica Smoke Filled Rooms

Label: New Dawn Records

Straight outta Glasgow, hangin' around with that weird group name and phat accent, MC Kruze throws down like a pro on that rare hip-hop species we once new as the drug cautionary, before battling nicely on the flip's "That All U Got?" Behind him, DJ Krash Slaughta brings the guitar and keyboard bits as well as some tight scratches. The European hip-hop community forwards into the next. Read more » 

Review: City Rockers Singles 1-23

Label: City Rockers

Something of a hipster delicacy in its native London, City Rockers is only slightly known over in these parts as the label that heralded the mighty returns of Felix Da Housecat and FC Kahuna. Both are represented here, but it's the other hidden oddities that best showcase the delectable dancefloor destruction and erratic musical excesses capable when a discerning label gets its graphically simple and singular branding on a collection of churning electro house, club-shaking anthems, radio-ready micro-2-step hits, and torch-burning neo-trip-hop. Read more » 

Review: TV On Your Radio Young Liars

Label: Touch and Go

Self-proclaimed pan-African "manimal" Tunde Adebimpe, "disastronaut" David Andrew Sitek, and "government foil" Kyp Malone make the kind of music Brian Eno and Roxy Music would be flattered by. Which is to say, quite nice. Read more » 

Review: ECHO The Remixes

Label: New Line

Someone in the A&R department of New Line Cinema's nascent label is thinkin' with this one. Downtown NYC duo Echo (crooner Joy Askew and trumpeter/Organic Grooves regular Takuya Nakamura) get some quality re-rubs. San Fran house hero Jay-J caresses Nakamura's trumpet with deep beats and a Chicago-esque bassline, while UK downtempo macs Rae & Christian put jazz-soul voodoo on the flip's "Sparks From a Wheel." Solid. Read more » 

Review: Kevin Blechdom Bitches Without Britches

Label: Chicks on Speed

Something of a feminist antihero, Kristen Erickson provides a needed counterbalance to the male-gaze histrionics of Charlie's Angels and the catering woman that is the archetypal "Hollywood heroine." In her guise as compu-C(o)untry reverse-diva Kevin Blechdom, the SF-to-Berlin transplant has, with Bitches without Britches, made her shining opus thus far. Positively scatologically and carnally fixated, Bitches is excessive and ridiculous, and also strangely affecting. Read more » 

Review: Clyde Feat. Capitol A Serve It Up

Label: Mantis

Seems Brooks, Crazy Penis and Atjazz have jumped Clive "Clyde" Austin into their Derby, UK electro-house gang. He pays dues with a slippery, neon-lit funk number that's choppy enough to fit Philly/SF MC Capitol A's staccato prose. Tony Wah-Chu-Ku's Ritalin-popping remix plays hopscotch in your head, while the aforementioned Brooks gets regrettably nostalgic for hip-house on the flip. Tough turf. Read more » 

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