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Review: Scanner Spray

Label: zer0gsounds

With his phone-tapping days safely behind him, Robin Rimbaud keeps exploring implicitly intimate paths in abstract post-techno, as on this EP for this nascent Florida label. The title track's blend of whispery rhythms, percussive tones and ominous, buzzy effects bounces nicely against the sensual ambient tech of the flipside's "Bette" and the elastic, dubby meanderings of "Lambertia." Quality stuff. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Joe Gibbs & the Professionals: NO BONES FOR THE DOGS

Label: Pressure Sounds

Wow. There seems to be no end to buried Jamaican treasures. This latest "discovery" from Pressure Sounds is a nicely put-together selection of hard-to-find dub sides from Joe Gibbs's early productions. The 18 tracks on No Bones feature some of Jamaica's best session talent, including guitarist Fully Fullwood, riddim twins Sly and Robbie, drummer Horsemouth Wallace, guitarists Tony Chin and Bingy Bunny, and The Skatalites' sax man Tommy McCook, with Gibbs adding his trademark forcefield sound effects and studio cohort Errol Thompson's brilliant engineering. Read more » 

Review: CZR Release (Joey Beltram Remix)

Label: STX

When I listened to this record I thought to myself, "Man, Joey snapped!" On the flipside to the super original by top Chicago producer CZR, Beltram goes ballistic with a track full of explosive driving bass and piercing stabs. Read more » 

Review: Fries & Bridges Inside Out

Label: Nightshift

Weeks & Moralez team up to create one side filled with heavy walkin' bass 'pon some crisp beats that is strickly for the dance. Other side, "It's Your Space Master," is deeper but just as moving. Read more » 

Review: Vikter Duplaix International Affairs

Label: Hollywood

Vikter Duplaix is one of those guys who has no problem attracting the ladies. A self-admitted "playboy type of guy" who maintains a positive, yet sensitive, outlook on life, Duplaix lays all of his emotions out on the table-think a modern-day Barry White with a much higher voice á la Prince-in his solo debut album International Affairs. Epitomizing the term "buttery smooth," the Philly-bred producer/vocalist/DJ (he's worked with King Britt, Jazzanova, Erykah Badu and many others) has crafted an album that just drips of sex. Read more » 

Review: Baron Meet the Creeper

Label: CIA

Two snarky, futurist jump-up tracks from Oxford upstart Baron. "Meet the Creeper" pounds like a meat cleaver, with sassy hi-hats and cartoon noises that keep the insistent beat from becoming dull. Acid rave bleeps and bloops take center stage in "Hell Billy," which sounds like an out-of-control Atari game. Mentalist fast-forward breaks for the old-skool speaker-freaker in you. Read more » 

Review: Gabin Gabin

Label: Astralwerks

Upon initial listens, the Italian duo Gabin's eponymous debut comes off like an Italian assimilation of French live-jazz/Latin-house group St. Germain, with a bit of the sprightly Parisian music of the '40s (think the Amelie soundtrack) thrown in. And for the first half, that assessment rings true. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Hi-Fidelity Dub Sessions 4

Label: Guidance

True, everybody and their Jamaican great-aunt has a dub album nowadays. But no matter how fiery your blood, you can't front on Guidance's ability to select cuts that progress more like an expert DJ set than just a bunch of licensed tracks. Read more » 

Review: Tom & Joyce Tom & Joyce

Label: Yellow

Tom Naim and his cousin Joyce are French practicioners of all things samba. Their goose pimple-inducing Brazilian-house hit "Vai Minha Tristeza" set the world alight, and this debut long player shows what else they have to offer. Enlisting the help of numerous musicians, Tom & Joyce have created a selection of beautiful organic-electronic compositions. "Un Regard, Un Sorire" has the percussion of the slow dance of two lovers, as a guitar tingles and a bass joins the dots. Read more » 

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