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Colder Colder

As the inaugural Stateside release for Trevor Jackson's Output imprint, Colder makes for a perfect mission statement. Like much of Output's roster, Colder-the self-titled album from Parisian Marc Nguyen Tan-displays a sophisticated blend of sleek, brooding urbania rooted in post-punk and leftfield techno stylings. Like Jackson's Playgroup, Colder's effortless amalgam of skeletal funk (Joy Division being the looming influence), dub, Kraftwerk and early NYC proto-hip-hop positions itself on the edge of the fashion industry-not surprising, considering Tan's day job as video and graphic producer for the likes of Comme des Gar¡ons and Kenzo. Like the best of Output's, um, output, Tan manages the uneasy task of being both hopelessly referential and nonchalantly fresh at the same time.

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