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Review: Hrvatski Swarm & Dither

Label: Planet

All the greats deserve a retrospective at some point, and Keith Fullerton Whitman just got his. It comes in the form of this aural gallery stuffed with tracks composed between 1994 and 2002 that even includes some of his early and rather obscure field recordings. Read more » 

Review: Cybrid Transistor Abuse EP

Label: Belief Systems

After a nearly-four-year hiatus, Oakland's Belief Systems unleashes the debut by electro-heads and Run DMC twins Cybrid. Their buzzy, punchy "Bumper" receives a surreal, almost cavernous remix by L.A. producers Volsoc, while their atmospheric builder "Abstract Power" gets Kraftwerked by Oaktown's DiViD. Screw your "-clash"...true machine funk like this is no trend. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Alex Attias Presents The Chromantic Universe

Label: Vision

Alex "Mustang" Attias should need no introduction to followers of West London and Munich's syncopated dancefloor licks and jazz-based downtempo groovology. Chromantic profiles Attias's own Visions imprint, containing a host of his own erudite productions to date, as well as some collabos and a few guest cuts from fellow Londoners Domu, Dego and I.G. Culture. Read more » 

Review: Acimo Acimo

Label: Lab

Achim Vogel-graphic artist, painter, comedian-here presents his take on the art of beats and basslines. Vogel's relationship with music began when his sculptor/musician father gave him lessons in improvisation, classical and jazz at a young age. Hence his debut LP could be considered a somewhat advanced document. Certainly it has a melodic richness and textural diversity that would be unachievable for many on a first outing. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Kushti Kutz Vol. 1

Label: white

A beautiful and catchy fusion of UK garage's Todd-influenced bump 'n' flex with some newer and ruffer bass-pumping thrown in. A chugging 4/4 with loopy bass gets carved up by coochie-rubbing piano stabs and "oohs," and a tastefully whispered "Fantasy..." sample. Fans of early Tuff Jam stuff will rinse this one. Kushti! Read more » 

Review: Fennesz Field Recordings 1995-2002

Label: Touch

A compilation of Fennesz's past work released in the wake of last year's masterful Endless Summer, the Austrian guitarist's paean to '60s surf culture might seem destined to disappoint. But, thankfully, destiny isn't everything, and Field Recordings is a first-rate collection of vintage Fennesz in all his hazy, fuzzed out glory. The disc collects unreleased and previously released pieces from various compilations and EPs. Read more » 

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