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Review: Jon Cutler Feat. Luna Alone

Label: Distant Records

Jon comes through again with another fine production, which features a very souful hypnotic vibe with all the right elements. Luna's vocals are laid back but inspirational. The single's also got some good DJ tools: a bonus beat, a capella and sound fx track. Read more » 

Review: Inaya Day vs. D-Squared Save Me

Label: Look At You

Look At You drops another bomb, a soulful gospel venture for the peak hour of a set, and a very powerful vocal performance from Inaya. The two mixes here compliment the lyrics and melody nicely. The original vocal mix is a bit deeper, while the Indeep remix is stronger overall. Read more » 

Review: Idjut Boys Saturday Night Live (Volume 2)

Label: Glasgow Underground

If you're looking for a change of pace, then this is for you. While it's still a dance compilation, there's a variety of BPMs, and the selection is very eclectic. Listening to it at moments took me back to David Mancuso's loft. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Wild Dub: Dread Meets Punk Rocker Downtown

Label: Select Cuts

The second of Select Cuts' collections focusing on the fecund period in the late-'70s when the white sphere of punk and the black world of reggae and dub merged for a brief, desegregated moment, Wild Dub collects rare versions from major players of the era, namely The Slits, PIL, The Ruts, Grace Jones, and The Pop Group. Good as those are, it's the unlikely inclusion of dub-passes by The Pretty Things, Killing Joke, Generation X and 4 Be 2, however inconsitent and guitar-heavy they are, that display a disorientingly bizarre soundclash at work. Read more » 

Review: Zero DB Reconstruction

Label: Ubiquity

Chris Vogado and Neil Combstock show a willful disregard for dancefloor etiquette on their collection of mixes and reshapings, as they lay down tracks that lead to serious mayhem between the speakers and under the mirrorball. With a rare combination of tough, squelchy techno basslines and exquisite batacuda polyrhythmics, the sound is of barely restrained chaos held together by sheer momentum. Listening to their mix of Sun Ra, one realizes the intricately structured layers with which Zero dB deftly work, visceral reaction coming before conscious recognition. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Well-Suited for General Purpose Audio Work

Label: Schematic

This latest compilation from Miami's Schematic features all the usual suspects-label-heads Phoenecia, boy genius Richard Devine, resident madman Otto von Schirach and relative upstart Dino Felipe-plus one semi-newcomer along for the ride'schemic's Kiyo. As you would expect from such a line-up, the two records are littered with hopped-up beats that skitter, pop, twist, bend and pile on top of each other with reckless abandon. Read more » 

Review: Jazzanova Playlist: Compiled by Jazzanova

Label: JCR

This first-ever compilation from Jazzanova's vital JCR label, while sadly bereft of the legendary mixing skills of its Germanic owners, flaunts a diversity and consistency not often seen in the dance world. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Richard Dorfmeister Presents: A Different Drummer Mix

Label: Different Drummer

Who better to handle the task of selecting cuts from Birmingham's Different Drummer than Kruder & Tosca's other half? Dorfmeister delves into a stellar back catalog, taking you on a subdued journey via tracks by G-Corp, Noiseshaper, Original Rockers and more. Dub is the glue that binds these tracks together-whether the beats are house flavored, reggae-inflected or straight downtempo, echoes and reverberation pacify the rhythm. Warm and blissful with a taste of skank, this thing'll make you want to take a plane, boat or car to get to the next Different Drummer party. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Nonesuch Explorer Series: Indonesia and the South Pacific

Label: Nonesuch

The exotic sounds of the gamelan in its seemingly infinite manifestations are the focal point of this second installation of CD reissues of Nonesuch's historic Explorer series. This exhaustive collection features recordings of gamelan orchestras from the far reaches of the Indonesian archipelago, as well as popular music from Tahiti and the South Pacific islands. The original LP releases had a profound influence on Western experimental music when they were first put out in 1967. Read more » 

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