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Review: The Militia Music for the Masses EP

Label: Cargo Industrial

This four-man collective-featuring the talents of Stakka, Friction, Skinny and K Tee-continues on in the rolling sci-fi vein these producers love so well. "Music For the Masses" and "Electrolux" are relentless, pounding Amen crushers, while "Low Key" and "You and I Know" are swingy machine-funk with precisely placed female vocals. Considering drum & bass's current warmth, these tracks sound a bit austere, but they'll still have some dancefloor currency. Read more » 

Review: Model 3 Substance EP

Label: Soundproof

This debut release on Dallas label Soundproof features a triplet of tight house tracks for those who like it deeper. The pick of the three is Cle's stripped-down, modern acid house cut "Sustained Way," which absolutely kicks on a loud system. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists On the Right Track

Label: Do Right!

This could easily be a one-line review, "On the Right Track features a Finnish goth band." Finns are already pale, so their goths must be reflective shadow dancers. Oddly enough, Kuusumun Profeetta contributes in the warmest way-their velvety bossanova glows like Chet Baker serenading the Northern Lights. Swell Session, the Vogado Project, Moonstarr & John Kong, Nicola Conte and other qualified cohorts round out the On the Right Track pack. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Motivate Movement Installment One: Asiatic

Label: Motivate Movement

This compilation is first in a series of projects put out by Motivate Movement, a hip-hop collective dedicated to both preserving the memory of slain Bay Area graffiti artist Michael "DREAM" Francisco and supporting positive hip-hop. Overall, the CD is impressive, containing great production, awesome cuts and some real nice rhymes from a slew of Asian-American artists and their collaborators, representing East Coast, West Coast and in between. Read more » 

Review: Headnodic Walk Something

Label: Miclife-Insiduous

These two 45s spotlight the production skills of bassist/beatmaker Headnodic of the Bay Area's rising Crown City Rockers (formerly Mission). Rhyme tracks like the loping, piano-touched "Walk" and the laidback "Something" with Raashan Ahmad work well, but check the instrumentals, especially the Rhodes-rockin' "Persistence" and the string-driven "Presipus." Hot. Read more » 

Review: Mutiny UK In the Now

Label: System

There's a Jaxx factor to this one. Mutiny UK's Dylan Barnes used to produce with a pre-Basement Jaxx Simon Ratcliffe. Barnes has since joined with Tommy Boy producer Rob Davy, but the familiar samples and bassline on album opener "Midnight Lady" still recall certain fin-de-si Read more » 

Review: EZ Rollers Titles of the Unexpected

Label: Moving Shadow

The sophomore album from drum & bass collective EZ Rollers kicks off quite as you'd expect. The first three tracks fit neatly into jungle's current obsession with disco and house, with the Rollers-one of the premier live d&b acts-managing to add their unique stamp by incorporating original vocals and warm, real-sounding instrumentation. From there, the disc grows into its title, branching into shuffling, funky hip-hop, proto-ragga two-step, and even a few tracks that sound like Fatboy Slim might be on their heels. Read more » 

Review: 3 Play Girl In the Taxi

Label: DnD

The producers behind Daniel Beddingfield's Top 40 hit "Gotta Get Through This" come correct with this blinging ragga-tinged rub. The A-side's rough and driving 4/4 mix offers crisply picked strings, manic slicing hi-hats and plenty of bass. On the flip: the original breaky mix with its poppy, R&B-accented beats and vocals, along with a 4/4 mix that gives the sound of early Masters At Work and Kerri Chandler the UK garage touch. Definitely one for the ladeez. Read more » 

Review: Kaskade It's You't's Me

Label: Om

The rolling doo-da-doos on "What I Say" should be enough to sell you on this Chicago-born producer's debut. Vocalist Rob Wannamaker's high-pitched soul takes Kaskade in different directions from the deeper, soothing songs with female vocals. "What I Say" is the album's catchiest, but a thick synth on "Get Busy" and '80s-ish drumming on "Call Me Wise" heighten the pleasure-pain in Wannamaker's voice. Broken beats spice up "This Rhythm," "Tonight" and "My Time," while dubby interludes "Mak Mop" and "Charlie's Plight" echo with chill. Read more » 

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