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Review: Yunx SO*_WHATtype ofMUSIC DOYOUMAKE*

Label: Yunx Recordings

Right on! Yunx (a.k.a. Iyunx Productions) finally decide to commit their three recent 12"s to CD, along with two new tracks-now you can pick up the best Black Dog music Black Dog never made. If for no other reason than the first track-the Detroit-stringed downtempo gem, "Thinking About Your Next Move"-SO* is essential listening music for its remarkably clean IDM production values and constantly meandering melodies. "Synax," "Hoc" and "Old Sckool Junkski" are so smooth in their mixture of traditional percussion and bell-tone synths, the whole thing begs for silk wrapping. Read more » 

Review: Triple R Friends

Label: Kompakt

Rinehard Riley, a.k.a. Triple R, functions within the Kompakt world as a kind of number one to Captain Wolfgang Voight-stylistically he's got Mike Ink's back, but he's not averse to exercising a little discretion in meting out angular Cologne techno beats. Friends sees Triple R doing just that, including only one Kompakt-licensed track on this continuously mixed 12-track set. Read more » 

Review: Zion I Deep Water Slang, Version 2.0

Label: Raptivism

Raptivism reissues the briefly out-of-print second album from the Oaktown duo that dares you to classify them. Deep Water Slang Version 2.0 testifies with the lion-heart of an art collective ready to rip shit apart-what else would you expect from the home of the Black Panthers? Make sure to keep your headz up for "Cheeba Cheeba," featuring the singular flow of LA's own Aceyalone. In a word: incendiary. Even though Zion I's latest joint carries equal parts drum & bass, reggae and old-school hip-hop, it's still hard to categorize. No problem-Zion I makes indefinition worth the listen. Read more » 

Review: Windy & Carl Introspection

Label: Blue Flea

"Transcendental" might be the best way to describe the experience of listening to the music of space-rock duo Windy & Carl. For those not familiar, the Dearborn, MI couple have been recording blissed-out paeans to distortion and delay for nearly a decade now. This particular triple-disc retrospective amasses nearly all of their non-album output released to date. Early handpainted 7" singles showcased on the first disc favor conventional song structures and lyrics, while the material on discs two and three leans toward endlessly spooling vistas of feedback and glorious noise. Read more » 

Review: Elephant Man Higher Level

Label: Greensleeves

"Unhappy is the land in need of heroes." And nowhere is Brecht's maxim more apt than Jamaica, a part of the "Third World" seen only as a vacation spot by most Americans. Seaview Gardens, one of Kingston's most downpressed ghettos, is where Elephant Man began doing studio work in the early '90s. Over a decade later, this hyper manic vocalist with an uncontrived eccentric personality is a Jamaican hero, and his popularity has expanded on a global scale. Read more » 

Review: Matthew Shipp Equilibrium

Label: Thirsty Ear

Pianist Matthew Shipp began his exploration of avant-garde jazz fused with electronic funk on last year's Nu Bop, and on Equilibrium, he finds a perfect balancing point between his jagged jazz and blasting hip-hop beats. The talented players behind Shipp spin off in every direction on "Vamp to Vibe" while he holds it down with a smashing left-hand figure. It takes until "Cohesion," four tracks in, for Shipp to tear the roof off, but when he does, it's in fine style. Read more » 

Review: Freaks The Man Who Lived Underground

Label: Music For Freaks

"The Man Who Lived Underground" has a name. It's Weaver, and he's a poor electronics fix-it man drunk with insolent nostalgia who decries modern "upgrades" from his dingy urban catacombs. That's the concept, anyway, via which Freaks Luke Solomon and Justin Harris revolt against dance industry vapidity and set stage for their curiously catchy production. Wrought with machinery effects and amusing audio theater, the tech-house on "The Man Who..." excels through episodes of bleepy motorized tension, plump dirty bass, and chaotic funk. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists EP Family Gadgets EP

Label: Statra

On this diverse comp from Brooklyn's prolific Statra, you get Alexi Delano's techy, bass-driven jam "Afro Science," Bluelight's densely noisy house kick "The Connection," newcomer Microlife's string-laden minimal epic "Dub Teeth" and Chris J.'s spaciously dubby "Automaten." What else ya want-blood? Read more » 

Review: King Solomon Solstice EP

Label: Illmindmuzik

Ohio-to-SF transplant King Solomon gets down for his crown on this one. Drop the needle anywhere for warm beats by Fat Jon and PremeOhio and confident rhymes from a seasoned veteran. "Fine Thin Line" should be "Fine Fat Lines" and "Lyrical Substance" provides just that. All hail the king. Read more » 

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