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Dntel Early Works for Me If It Works for You II

  • Words: Connie Hwong
  • Label: Plug Research
  • XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10

Dntel’s latest release, a behemoth three-disc collection, combines remastered versions of his first two albums for Pthalo with a collection of previously unreleased tracks recorded around the time of 2001's Life is Full of Possibilities. While the new material reveals a few glitch and ambient pop gems (befitting his James Figurine alias), the reissues should be more interesting to fans of Jimmy Tamborello's work with The Postal Service. With generous nods to drum & bass, 1998’s Early Works for Me if it Works for You backs Tamborello’s admission of being influenced by Aphex Twin and late ’90s Warp Records artists, while 2000’s Something Always Goes Wrong has clear roots in IDM.

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