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Emotional Joystick Plays!

Anyone who says hardcore techno and gabberhouse is dead, fuck you! announces some bum. Violence ensues on the dancefloor, and yet a wiseass on a Fender Rhodes whistles and claps along. Emotional Joystick‘s day-and-night formula on Plays! is about shoving scatterbrained drill ‘n‘ bass rhythms up against soothing, faux-Blue Note jazz melodies on the Fender. This creates a sharp dynamic, as on the opener, "Ask Me No Questions," which goes on a laser-shooting rampage while keyboard riffs smile at the carnage. Squarepusher milked such a formula dry eight-odd years ago and Plays! merely seems to remix such past glories.

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