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Review: Various Speicher CD 1: M. Mayer Mix

Label: Kompakt

Admittedly, the back catalog of Kompakt is a daunting thing indeed. And with their subtly different labels clogging the Kompakt section of your local record shop and blending into a muddy sea of micro-house, isn't it better to have label head Michael Mayer expertly mix your journey for you? This solid mix incorporates a few of his own tracks (including the near-perfect chugging dubbed-up chimes of "Unter Null"), plus those of other top-shelf producers like Superpitcher, Reinhard Voigt and everyone's favorite, T.Raumschmiere. Speicher? Special. Read more » 

Review: Erkki Kurenniemi Aanityksia Recordings 1963-1973

Label: Love Records

Aanityksia offers wildly untamed electronic experiments from the '60s and '70s by this extraordinary Finnish inventor/composer. During his career, Kurenniemi invented a series of incredible electronic synthesizers that used camera images, brain impulses and sexual touching to trigger unique sounds. The tracks range from the horrible robotic torture chamber of On-Off" to shimmering electronic overtones, Hendrix-esque feedback, tape-collage and subtle Nintendo beats. The music evokes Stockhausen and more experimental Kraftwerk, adding an occasional taste of Switched On Bach. Read more » 

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 » 

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