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Daniel Bell Blip, Blurp, Bleep

Many a rock writer has shrugged off electronic music as just "blips and bleeps," so it's fitting that Daniel Bell reclaims the pejoratives on this retrospective of his minimalist acid classics. Blip, Blurp, Bleep is composed mostly of tracks Bell released under his DBX alias in the early-to-mid-'90s on labels like Accelerate and Klang-a few tunes are more recent, like "Rhodes 2" from Logistic's 2002 compilation Post Office. The bulk of the comp is built on little more than a kick and a shimmer, as sinewave spools unravel and wrap bass pulses in trebly straightjackets. On "Work that Shit!" and "Losing Control," Bell makes rave clich?s new with ominous vocal processing. Bleeping excellent.

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