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Review: Psychofunkodiscodelic Warriors of Funk

Label: Golden Gate

Laird, Laron and John Pickett toss ya four mischievous tracks that typify the San Francisco sound. "Lines of Pleasure"'s crunchy disco-funk-all simmering keys, subtle bassline and rude phone messages-gets sexed up on one remix, then taken to peak hour on another. The B-side's "Convertible Top Down" flutters rhythm guitar and wah-synth over chill drum-machine antics that explicitly rip off Zapp. A nice thump. Read more » 

Review: Eight Frozen Modules Thought Process Disorder

Label: Orthlorng Musork

Juxtaposing sharp-as-nails beat barrages with myriad gurgling, plasticene sounds, Eight Frozen Modules' Ken Gibson seems to cross the line separating IDM-pop convention and experimental abrasion with every other step on this, his full-length debut. Each track overflows with sound and fury as Gibson chews up and spits out radically de- and-re-formed melodies, grooves, beats and basslines. There are enough fits, starts and hairpin turns to make you reach for the Dramamine, but somehow you're still aching to continue the journey. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Mosh Moshi-Nu Sounds From Japan

Label: Fueg

Japanese releases are often extortionately expensive and extremely rare in the West. Nik Weston, an infamous collector and promoter of Asian electronic music, has come to the aid of the listening public with this collection. The 'Soljazz instrumental' of the gorgeously named Gagle's "Practise & Tactix" is stylish jazz-hop, with a distressed string workout, disjointed rough-and-ready percussion and an overzealous reverbed bass. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Famous When Dead Two

Label: Playhouse

It's a Playhouse compilation, but not as we know it. The highly acclaimed first offering in this series concentrated on documenting the achievements of Playhouse's own artists. This time, in-house DJ Ata sets his sights further afield, with the resultant 11 tracks-from various artists and labels across the globe-connected only by the moods and themes they explore: deep, distinctive and, ultimately, danceable house music dominates. Read more » 

Review: Soulo Switch

Label: Lifestyle

Jameson is back in your face, and he's not messin' about. "Switch" is a sure-fire steppa's anthem, dropping serious bass that surges over a Timbaland-style roll. It's flipped by one of the sickest Soulo 4beat-roller rubs yet. For those who need it tuff. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Badmeaningood Vol. 2: Roots Manuva

Label: Ultimate Dilemma

Is it our duty as good hipsters to hate on branded compilation series? Read more » 

Review: D. Diggler Sounds Fiction

Label: Raummusik

In the poorly translated press release for Andreas Mügge's third D.Diggler album, the claim is made that "D.Diggler is redefining the rather too often heard terms 'minimal dub techhouse'-and gives it a new meaning." Whatever. The back of the jewel case notes Mügge is now booked through Sven Vath's Cocoon empire, so it's more plausible that the reason behind Sounds Fiction's überclub tranceyness is that the once-lone-man-with-a-clue in the German tech house scene has gone corporate. Mügge can still knock the floor-bangers out (c.f. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Jazz in the House 11: Compiled and Mixed By Phil Asher

Label: Slip'n'Slide

In a scene where compilations fall by the wayside, it's refreshing to see a series make it to their 11th installment. Kiss-100 DJ and producer Phil Asher (a.k.a. Focus) has selected a variety of underground staples and high-profile recent classics, which all find sanctuary under the banner of "jazz-influenced house." Although the Shelter Vocal of Mondo Grosso's "Star Suite" clocks in at nearly fifteen minutes, its distinctive Eastern flute, joyful keys and narrative guardian angel vocals justify its inclusion. Read more » 

Review: Funki Porcini Fast Asleep

Label: Ninja Tune

If Hed Phone Sex was the physical act itself, Fast Asleep is the moment of cuddling afterward, just before drifting off into hope-this-isn't-a-mistake land-every bit as pleasurable, but not quite as bone-shakingly intense. Which isn't a bad thing. Far from it, in fact, Funki Porcini's latest release presents the best that the late, great, sorely lamented genre known as trip-hop has to offer, and it's a dreamy, somnambulistic lullaby of rumpled sheets, remote controls and internal serenity fountains. Read more » 

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