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Review: Circle Research Speak & Read

Label: Cartridge Family Records

Toronto DJ/producers Nix, Astro and Chris B check in with three chunky bits. "Speak and Read" runs a tight rhythm under Smooth B-ish rhymes by local Abdominal dueling a Speak 'n' Spell toy. Meanwhile, Psy swallows two million words to little effect on "Psy'd Tracked," but comes through nicer on the T-town posse cut "Fade," featuring eight MCs, including Yushin killin' it in Japanese. Rhyme styles: B+. Beats: A+. Read more » 

Review: Total Science Pop Psychology EP

Label: CIA

Total Science roll on with their CIA label, lacing their third "limited" remix 12 by giving over their emotive "Zanzibar" for a tense remix by Zero Tolerance & Beta 2, while on the flip, Baron injects even more obnoxious buzz into a remix of his own "Meet the Creeper." The real news is TS's "Pop Psychology" EP, which offers four more slices of top-notch soulful roll, touched variously by old-school chord stabs, jazz-funk samples, cyber-brutality and gorgeous editing craft. Still fresh. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists .Ilation

Label: Sonig

This latest compilation from Cologne's eccentric Sonig imprint might well be the experimental party record of the year. From the chopped-up tirade of Wevie de Crepon's opener, "Little Bug Eyed Boy," to Mouse on Mars's devastating, gabba-infused "Violilation," .ilation contains some insanely infectious examples of ebullient, fractured funk. There are certainly less resolutely hyperkinetic moments, as the sonic (play)ground constantly shifts beneath your feet in a pleasurably unnerving fashion. Read more » 

Review: A Hundred Birds Georgia

Label: Wave

Tokyo producer Yoku corrals his reputed 15-piece (!) live group to deliver this year's sleeper summer house jam. With its symphonic strings, Balkan-style vocals and rollicking Afro-Latin-tinged rhythm, "Georgia"'s got some good stew fixins. Will the global house massive bite? Read more » 

Review: Vikter Duplaix Morena (RMX)

Label: Hollywood

This is the best song from the International Affairs album that Mr. Duplaix, international man of leisure, has so elegantly crafted. "Morena" pays homage to the sunkissed, carmel angles that bless the earth. The combinations of rhythms, textures and Vik's vocal stylings makes this the WMC song. This'll warm up those winter nights, brighten up those gloomy days, and make your ass shake. Great one, Vik. Read more » 

Review: Jason Lescalleet Mattresslessness

Label: C

This first full-length from New Englander Jason Lescalleet is a stunning example of sonic shapeshifting. All but one track on this excellent disc is ostensibly an homage to a pair of artists. For example, the grainy, droning opener is dedicated to Portuguese guitarist Rafael Toral and sound artist John Hudak; the static-filled "Underscore" to lowercase adherents Taylor Deupree and Francisco Lopez; the abrasive, ear-cleansing "Straight No Chaser" to noiseniks Ron Lessard and Graham Lambkin, and so forth. Read more » 

Review: Mateo & Matos Enter Our World

Label: Glasgow Underground

This enigmatic duo has done some notable work in their time, including the now classic "New York Style," which still mashes up deep house and tech-house dance floors some five years later. Instead of proffering pastiches of Afrobeat rhythms, they take the sound that so heavily influences them and injects a New York-centric vibe, which makes for some heady dance-floor fodder. Enter Our World is no exception. Sure, it has a little bit of fat that could be trimmed here and there, but overall, it's a seismic, rump-shaking collection of top-notch funkiness. Read more » 

Review: Accelera Deck Echo Economy

Label: Toast and Jam

This Accelera Deck re-release feels like a series of still-lifes of rusty scraps of crumpled metal, each portrait a slight variation on another, threaded together into animation. Its abruptness is a distinct departure from other Accelera Deck works in which sheets of delicate ambience unroll on top of tiny, skittering beats. "&loop2" is a garbage-can tumble, and "&loop3" features a controlled and measured clock ticking while a rumbling chaos churns at the edges of earshot. Read more » 

Review: Electric Company It's Hard to Be a Baby

Label: Tigerbeat6

The words "Tigerbeat6" and "mature" rarely find themselves in close proximity. And though there's plenty of wit, whimsy and DSP-fuckery to be found on It's Hard To Be A Baby, Brad Laner seems to suggest they aren't mutually exclusive concepts. It's Hard finds a comfy resting place between Mego and Mille Plateaux. "The Lifestyle" sounds like Joe Boyd's string arrangements for Nick Drake as produced by Cex. "A Good Top Tongue" slips in like DAT Politics cutting up Timbaland and Stephan Mathieu. Read more » 

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