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Review: Various MTV Mono

Label: Tru Thoughts

This is the product of Quantic soundtracking an extreme sports TV series on a network better known for their love of money-digging majors and eye candy popstrels than cutting-edge Brighton beats. This unlikely, but nonetheless welcomed marriage has brought us one selection of lazy downtempo grooves and another of swaggering b-boy breaks and funked-up soulful flavors. Al Stylus contributes "High Rise," an upward looking collage of soothing strumming, splashing percussion and dazzling keys. Read more » 

Review: Taishan The Shake-Off

Label: Resin

The Resin label returns to TaiShan for their next release. The man behind "Low Blow" comes back with more booty shakin' business and betrays his obvious old-school electro influences on this, yet another riotous rump bumpin' reveller! No-nonsense female hip-hop samples sit effortlessly alongside analog synth stabs and masterly scratching to prove that TaiShan ain't no flash in the pan! Read more » 

Review: Saj Supreme The Won

Label: ABB

The skilled Saj Supreme busts out, announcing that he's on a one-way mission to get your "casket closed." "The Won" highlights both his impressive, brazen flow and his DJ Mick Boogie's tight cuts, but Moss's unfortunately trebly production leaves the side sounding thin and shrill. Thankfully, Moss gets more spare on the flip's more martial "Bump Da Gunz," and though the gun-cock sample's a lil' tired, it comes off well-crafted. Read more » 

Review: Kananga Booty Breaks

Label: Play Breaks

The Play label launches its breaks imprint with a couple tunes by a guy who earlier this year well thumped up Mikey Gallagher's house track "What Does It Mean." The b-side wins on this, because although the weirdly titled a-side's got epic nu-breaks nuances galore, "Inner Feeling"'s boomin' bass, insightful vocal samples and emotive breakdown take the cake. Thick. Read more » 

Review: 12" Superstars Gangsta Disco

Label: Sosumi

The irreverent Sosumi juggernaut seems to be rolling at an energized pace lately, which is great to see. 12" Superstar's debut hits you off with an A-side of tightly contained breaks thump with a dead-funky rhythm guitar sample and some bad-ass synth chords. The flip's "Electrick" runs a 4/4 break under more synths and a bushel of vocoder chanting, making for a hard, block-is-hot kinda sound. Sosumi up! Read more » 

Review: Various Kingz of the Rollerz Vol. 3

Label: 31 Records

The highlights of this four-tracker are D-Kay's "Reach Inside" and the Usual Suspects's "Sapphire 7," both striking the perfect balance between lush pads and tough beats. Hats off to Doc Scott for supporting all styles of d&b. Read more » 

Review: Domu & Volcov The Last of the Great Apes

Label: Residual

The guys who otherwise comprise the lite-jazzier Rima give up the percussive goods for Ohioan Titonton Duvante's imprint. You selectors will hate choosing between "Nutsuki"'s busted-down 808 percussion and twangy synth lines, the rubbery chords and thumpy breakbeats of "Secret Powers" (which Titonton strips down, Midwest techno-style, in his mix), and the Detroit-tinged beat convulsions of "Battech," so get two copies. This music's future continues to unfold. Read more » 

Review: Evolution Control Committee Plagitarythm Nation

Label: Seeland

The ECC arguably first infected the Net with the "mash-up" technique-still best heard on their classic 1993 "Whipped Cream Mix" of Chuck D rapping over a Herb Alpert big-band jaunt. Plagiarythm Nation is an assortment of their MP3 "hits" that sometimes proves that "copyright infringement is your best entertainment value," as Negativland told us. "Rocked by Rape" stitches Dan Rather's depressing headlines over an AC/DC riff, as if he's crooning at a shit-kicker bar. Elsewhere, Janet Jackson and Gloria Estefan hits mutate into oddball ditties that resemble the Residents. Read more » 

Review: Esem Serial Human

Label: M3rck

Taking their pursuit of severely electronified "hip-hop" global, Miami's Merck drafts Bulgaria's Esem for a dark ride through a mountainous amalgam of shimmering electronics and murky splatters of broken beatdowns. Unfortunately, Serial Human isn't totally free from the usual problems that plague IDM artist albums; the good songs are truly great, while some of the others are just fine. Read more » 

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