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Review: E.B.E. The Consequential Theorist

Label: Grayhound

Lucas Rodenbush's follow-up to "The Incidental Tourist" for Garth's glorious Grayhound Recordings evokes the lost era of Epoch 90 and Bizarre Inc. Expect tweaky bleep loops, sharp beats and textured chords that sit nicely between the worlds of house and techno. Read more » 

Review: Majistrate Fury

Label: Juice

Majistrate lays down some hardcore analog jump-up biz before re-rinsing a smooth roller from yesteryear on the flip. True Playaz fans will appreciate "Fury," as a monstrous b-line burps its way across Majistrate's signature crisp breaks. "If (Part 2)" is more for those who dig getting lost in beats, as Maj strips the original down to its bare essentials and rolls it out in stoner evolution mode. Read more » 

Review: Scorn Plan B

Label: Hymen

Mick Harris is celebrated for jackhammering the apocalypse at 200 bpm on a trapkit for grindcore avatars Napalm Death. In his incarnation as Scorn, he settles down to watch the nuclear winter set in. With Plan B, Harris continues to explore brooding dub atmospherics with ghostlike piano melodies and DSP noises that roil in psychosomatic flashbacks over hip-hop beats that land like fists. Unfortunately, he clings to this formula too tightly, where the majority of the album seems to be remixes of the same track. This problem is heightened by some plodding drum machine rhythms. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Fabriclive: Radioactive Man

Label: Fabric

Keith Tenniswood's credits as an engineer and producer are numerous. Though he's best known for his 2 Lone Swordsmen partnership with Andrew Weatherall, his Radioactive Man project is gaining international momentum. His DJ mix for London club Fabric joins the dots between dark breakbeat, techno and drum & bass with a selection comprised of other such lurking producer's "producers" as Depth Charge, Jammin' Unit and Anthony Røther. Rare on a mix CD: Tenniswood's own cut is the collection's best production. His "'Ave That" provides gluttonous bass for rhythm addicts. Read more » 

Review: Cursor Minor Explosive Piece of Mind

Label: Lo

Judging by the puns-to-syllables ratio of Cursor Miner's name and album title, you might expect England's Cursor Miner to take the occasional walk on the wacky side. And that he does on this album of doorbell funk, sparkplug punk and "No one said I couldn't!" spunk. Read more » 

Review: The Postal Service Give Up

Label: Sub Pop

Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard-collaborators on Tamborello's 2001 Dntel full-length-crafted Give Up by mail, hence the project name. Accordingly, Give Up evokes the wistfulness of long-distance yearnings, yet maintains winsome, intimate direct presence. Gibbard's fey vocals, complemented by Jen Wood and Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis, float like pillow talk through Tamborello's rubbery, retro-tinged daydreams, less wafting than Dntel. Read more » 

Review: Håkan Lidbo Finest Selection

Label: Tangent Beats

Is there anything Håkan Lidbo can't do?

Review: Gangstarr Skillz

Label: Noo Trybe

It's truly amazing how Preemo can embody that gritty, Tim-boot, dark-street feeling in his beats. This first single from their next album release, The Ownerz, is the latest addition to his street catalog. The element of surprise, however, lies in the cadence of Guru's lyrics, as he seems to "ride" this disco street groove instead of running a normal flow. Read more » 

Review: Cornel Campbell Original Blue Recordings 1970-1979

Label: Moll-Selekta

Jamaica's gentle falsetto vocalist Cornel Campbell has been resurfacing lately on a number of British and German electronic roots and dub recordings. In particular, his work on Berlin's Burial Mix last year, combined with the reissues of classic Campbell hits such as "Queen Of The Minstrels" and "Up Park Camp," unleashed a flood of interest in his early music. Blood and Fire's brilliant 2000 release I Shall Not Remove showcased many of Campbell's best tracks from 1975 through 1980, Original Blue Recordings fills in some more gaps. Read more » 

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