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Review: Teebeee Life Continue

Label: Photek

Norway's Torgeir Byrnes finally achieves what must have been his long-held ambition to record for Rupert Parkes's imprint. Both cuts shiver under the golem-like gaze of ghostly vocals, with Teutonic beats keeping the brutal basslines of the title track in line before the flip, "Tech G," throws electronic blips and bleeps into the path of an oncoming percussive freight train. Read more » 

Review: Todd Buckler Pillowtalk

Label: Columns of Knowledge

New Englander Buckler throws down the gauntlet with a couple of burners. The title track surrounds a mournful cello melody with chunky "Bambaataa"-esque beats before crunching into three-chord punk 'n' bass land. A more sinewy mood pervades the flip's Amen-heavy "Cold," although the meat of the tune offers some distractingly fuzzy production. Read more » 

Review: Nick Forte Pasted Pakes

Label: Schematic

Nick Fort? of Kranky's Christmas Decorations makes his debut on Schematic with a recycling project of sorts, in which he subjects a number of his early computer music experiments to a radical bit of slice 'n' dice. The results are a mixed bag. The EP begins with a fairly straightforward and enjoyable song, a lurching bit of chopped-up funk called "Green Language," but subsequent tracks seem to lose cohesion, splintering and disintegrating into confusion. Apparently, Fort? Read more » 

Review: Apparat Koax

Label: Bpitch Control

My friend Apparat, the co-owner of Shitkatapult Records (alongside everyone's darling T.Raumschmiere), presents this 12" on Ellen Allien's BPitch Control label that combines the dancefloor with his more ambient style. The three versions include an Ellen Allien remix and a very nice fourth track called "Fuse," with Ellen on vocals. Read more » 

Review: Mogwai happy Songs For Happy People

Label: Matador

Mogwai returns with a fourth album that exchanges its trademark post-rock traversals between so loud and so soft for a sweeter, subtler sound without dropping any intensity. It's an enormous close-up of a heartbeat: for all of its steadiness, the secret thump and pump of blood through Mogwai's innermost chambers nevertheless fascinates with each swell. "Killing All the Flies" expands in a molten aortic flow, heavy and thick with ephemeral, glowing heat; and "Ratts of the Capital" explodes in a furious, full-body guitar flush. Wrap your arms around Mogwai's chest and press your ear close. Read more » 

Review: Danny McMillan Inflight Sessions 02

Label: In-Flight Entertainment

McMillan has been a mainstay of the British breakbeat scene since he was 15, and it shows: his latest album coheres without slipping into homogeneity, the smooth mixing seeming near-effortless. This disc comprises eleven tracks, including work from McMillan and longtime collaborator Adam McEvoy (billed as McMillan and Tab), Meat Katie and Lee Coombs. Read more » 

Review: Various Out Patients 3

Label: Hospital

London-based drum & bass and future jazz stalwart Hospital Records unleashes a stellar take on futuristic rhythm-twisting with a high-gloss finish. Assembled by label manager Chris Goss, Out Patients 3 moves unabashedly from frantic, Latin-touched broken beat (on Ultrasound's killer "Latin ") to dark, eerie beats-and-bass workouts (Chris Finguz & Siobhan Gallagher's "Why Do We Do?") and cerebral head-nodders (Infekto's "My Groove") without batting an eyelash. Read more » 

Review: Chicken lips Body Music

Label: NRK

Like Morgan Geist, Trevor Jackson and Ben Cooke Dean Meredith and Andy Meecham (as Chicken Lips) have been making smart, '80s-inspired dance music that happily steers clear of anything having to do with Larry Tee. Using elements of dub, tracky Chicago house and lo-fi schoolyard hip-hop, they've recently left their best-kept-secret status for a bit more renown. On this "turntable blend," the duo gives you just what you'd expect. Read more » 

Review: Detalles Shapes Of Summer

Label: Traum

LA-based pianist Kate Simko and Chilean electronic-head Andres Bucci recently began collaborating as Detalles. Their debut album is a supple, minimalist tapestry of precision click-pop and plaintive piano and other acoustic instruments with a South American flair. "Rhodes Relejadas" has all the quietude required of most experimental electronic music, but Detalles mute the effects to produce a warmly wonderful cut. On the other hand, "Plus/Mas" brims with Akufen-ish uptempo pluck without succumbing to crass techno tendencies (likely due to John Tejada's mastering). Read more » 

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