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Deadbeat New World Observer

Although music can often be political, Montreal‘s Deadbeat (Scott Monteith) has indisputably succeeded in making politics musical. Embedding each track with a sturdy mix of dub, ambient, and techno elements, he tracks the arc of his personal dissatisfaction with a series of smartly-placed and expertly manipulated samples, a mire of electro static that eventually evolves into a slow-motion sonic battlefield. The definitive moment lies within "Abu Ghraib," an eight-minute epic that shifts from a sample of abject, inexcusable rhetoric to a taut and textured ambient dub that picks up where last year‘s successful Something Borrowed, Something Blue left off. Undeniably Deadbeat‘s finest moment and one that actually earns its "Mission Accomplished" boast.

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