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Review: Fanny Pack So Stylistic

Label: Tommy Boy

A stroll through Brooklyn these days belies its reputation as a hotbed for furious creativity as Fabolous's 50-cent commercial rap is about all anyone hears. But even in the bleakest of moments, the blast hits from unexpected angles, threatening to shake up the tedium and conjure up a new Brooklyn. Fanny Pack charmingly replaces gun talk with fun talk, bling with boom. Three girls rap in clear, unassuming Brooklyn-speak about life on the block as big- booty electro bounce straight from the old-skool South backs them up. Read more » 

Review: Adam Beyer E6 Remix

Label: white

A bootleg consisting of Adam Beyer remixing the Manuel Goetsching's classic "E6," often referred to as "Sue?o Latino." This track's been bootlegged many times, but this one's the best. The flip side is a somewhat housey mix of Ben Sims's "Remanipulator," with the Cuban vocal riff. Very Ibiza, but still very good, and could potentially be massive. Read more » 

Review: Jehst, Supa T, Cee-Why, LG & Lopez Party Animals

Label: YNR

A dope ep that showcases the superb UK talents marshalled by the YNR imprint. Uptempo club banger on the a-side, deep and dark headnodder, "Seein' Red," on the flip. A future UK classic. Read more » 

Review: Baron Effortless Chic

Label: Trouble on Vinyl

Oxford's Baron unleashes another scorcher in this title track, which dances old-school analog chaos-computer bleeps over a hard, funky rhythm and simplified bassline. The flip's "School Disco" offers buzzy synths over another sharp beat without getting sloppy, making this one a double-A killer. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists The Rough Guide to the Asian Underground

Label: Rough Guides

One glance at the tracklisting and you might think, "Where the hell is Talvin Singh?" But after reading seven pages of liner notes, you learn that he's Mahatma T, whose tablatronic "Jihad" is included. The disc opens with the late Ananda Shankar's "Streets of Calcutta," a precursor to later Bollywood crossovers, while Asian Dub Foundation, TJ Rehmi and Mo Magic stand out by repping the d&b camp solidly. If a bit unfocused, the disc is a good primer, but probably not the best bet for those who remember when these beats were still hot from the tandoori oven. Read more » 

Review: Tom Noble S/t

Label: Laws of Motion

One hopes the non-mainstream dance music scene isn't too awash in bullshit quotidian business concerns to recognize a talent like Tom Noble when he's in its face. On this debut released by the erstwhile nu-jazz imprint Laws of Motion, the 25-year-old producer has fully fleshed out a uniquely catholic aesthetic, folding modern Brazilian, South Asian and broken beat flavors in a dubwise ideology that enhances rather than dilutes the context of each. Read more » 

Review: Ghetto Priest Vulture Culture

Label: On.U

On.U posse front man and brooding lyricist Ghetto Priest lets forth on this deep debut, pairing his dark lyrics and soulful delivery with Adrian Sherwood's swirling production. Bubbly dubs here, hard-edged distorted guitar there, roots stylee at one moment, dancehall boasts at another. Priest sings mournful chants against Babylon on cuts like "Earthquake in the Heart of Rome," and then backs the impossibly fast lyrical jabs by Irish chatter RiRa and the bassy bark of Simon Bogle. Read more » 

Review: Codec & Flexor Tubed

Label: Emperor Norton

On their first long player, Cologne duo Codec & Flexor lay out their MO: to mash bombastic rockisms and a snarling punk attitude with house and techno rhythms and textures. For all the criticism that the current penchant for all things electro welcomes, its detractors fail to see that many electronic and dance music fans are simply tired of the glut of current music infused with faux Afro-Latin and '70s jazz influences. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Lost Treasures

Label: Make Some Noise

Occasionally a record pops up that simply doesn't make sense, for better or worse, no matter how many times you listen to it. Lost Treasures is one of those. Bomb 20 and Patric C, late of Digital Hardcore, rounded up a bunch of rhymers (including Chilly Gonzales, Peaches and others) for jams that range from straight-up sampler bangers to noisy distortion meltdowns. Think of Lost Treasures as a Berlin version of Handsome Boy Modeling School-which, come to think of it, didn't make too much sense either. Try "Monster Bitches," a dubbed-out horror tale of Halloween booty. Huh? " Read more » 

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