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Review: Bonobo Dial 'M' For Monkey

Label: Ninja Tune

Keep it simple, stupid. Bonobo, a.k.a. Simon Green, is one of the few electronic producers to heed that annoying yet sage advice, and the result is a warm, beautifully crafted follow-up to his 2001 debut, Animal Magic. The sonic territory covered here is much the same, with delicate guitars and the occasional sitar nestled next to plucky basslines and crisp drum work. Yet Green's sophomore effort shows a maturing sense of song structure. Read more » 

Review: Karsten Pflum Tracks

Label: Worm Interface

Karsten Pflum, a.k.a. Jacob Madsen, hails from Copenhagen. For the release of his debut full-length, however, he teamed with Worm Interface, a downbeat label from London. The significance of this pairing becomes clear upon hearing Tracks, a collection of na?ve-meets-nostalgic melodies and percussive skitter that brings to mind an assemblage of the most appealing elements of the Warp/Gescom/Rephlex/Planet Mu scene. Karsten Pflum's music isn't any more dancefloor-oriented than Squarepusher's, Read more » 

Review: DJ Hatcha Dubstep Allstars Vol. 1

Label: Tempa

Just the other day I saw DJ Storm of Metalheadz play at Brooklyn's Halycon Caf?, a hip little lounge known for its impeccable soundsystem, and was immediately struck: Storm in a lounge-cafe? A veteran from one of the roughest drum & bass crews gets to rinse dubplates to hipsters on couches? Barely anyone wanted to dance, and it wasn't cause they weren't hip to Storm. What's going on here? Read more » 

Review: Aqua Basssino We Could Be Friends

Label: F Communications

Jason Robertson's releases are always worth waiting for, and this one's no exception. Edinburgh, Scotland native Robertson pleasures us with thick beats that evoke Romatt Productions's Glasgow Underground classic "I Wanna Ride," with its subtle, moving melodies and strong female vocals by Stacy Smith. Flip for the impossibly deep "I Wanna Get Down," a track Harry The Bastard probably has slated for his next Club H offering. Read more » 

Review: Mitchell & Dewbury Rappin With the Gods

Label: Mum

It's hard to be anything but a cynic these days, but somehow Mitchell & Dewbury have managed to rise above the times on this album of uplifting deep jazz. Rolling organs, testifying choruses and fat, sassy basslines are all present and accounted for on epic jams like "Globetrotter," while elsewhere the pair pays much respect to Afro and Latin roots, and nods to disco on the title track. If you can open those jaded ears (and overlook some occasionally heavy-handed lyrics), Rappin With the Gods is full of the unified sounds of hope. Read more » 

Review: Various !k7150

Label: !K7

In honor of their 150th release, !K7 have released a two CD/one DVD set compiling classic and upcoming releases, including tracks by Tosca, Herbert, Rae & Christian, Swayzak, Spacek, K&D, Terranova, Ursula Rucker and more. Reading the !K7 roster is like checking through a who's who of the best in electronic music, as the compilation quickly evinces; since 1996, few labels can match the extraordinary job !K7 has done collecting experimental, danceable and groundbreaking artists. Read more » 

Review: Infekto My Groove

Label: Hospital

In Barons Court in London, you find my favorite label: Hospital! "My Groove" by Finland's Infekto is as good as it gets-future jazz with a ruff break. The vocal sample invites all the good-looking girls and boys to come out to play. Read more » 

Review: Various Inner City Sounds

Label: Ubiquity

If you're not actually rolling in a souped-up Cadillac with Supafly and Koffy Brown, the compilation Inner City Sounds is one of your better alternatives. It's laced with underground funk, soul and boogie tunes recorded between 1969 and 1977 for Inner City Records. Danceable, sample-friendly cuts like "Mary Love's More Love" outshine more plodding numbers like United Soul Association's "Sticky Boom Boom"-which sounds more like notes toward a funk song than an actual funk song. Read more » 

Review: Various 7 heads R better Than 1

Label: 7 Heads

If an outwardly stoic, but inwardly sensitive guy were an album, he would be the 7 Heads R Better than One compilation. Sometimes it's an album caught up in being a dude, embodied in Djinji Brown's brawny drum & bass studio effects on "Mr. Dynamite" and J-Live's Cassanova-ish "Braggin Writes Rmx." Other times it's smart, urbane, and not afraid to get down in the muck with you, as in the balmy jazz loop and ponderous flows of "Moodswings" with Asheru and Talib Kweli. Part bro, part brohemian, it's all about winning combinations. Read more » 

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