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Review: Hyper Catnip

Label: Acetate

The truth is out there: Trance is really an alien lifeform that covertly inhabits a host and takes it over until its original form is barely recognizable. As international DJ sensation Hyper needs no introduction, this first solo release is bound for success. With "Catnip," Hyper's refined an intriguing hybrid. A 4/4 remix by Noel Sanger is included on the flip: is this progressive house or trance? Is there a difference anymore? You be the judge. Read more » 

Review: El Presidente HI-FI Available

Label: The 89

The title track finds El Presidente Hi-Fi working it out with a tasteful, yet booty-shaking tech-house groove, with Latin percussion that leads to a solid breakdown laced with a horn-section riff. The flip's harder kicking tech-house jam juxtaposes the violent vocal sample, "put the fucking guns down," with a grooving, polyrhythmic arrangement. Read more » 

Review: Warmdesk Guero Variations

Label: Deluxe

The story goes that Guero Variations arose from William Selman's captivation with a recording by composer Helmut Lachenmann, in which all the sounds were captured from a piano by means other than playing it. Think John Cage versus Matthew Herbert, with Selman knocking striking, and otherwise drumming up sound from a piano without touching the ivories. Should sound weird, right? Read more » 

Review: Sven Dedek & Alex Bau Psychomechanics at Work

Label: Predicaments

The masterminds behind the Toneman imprint collaborate to present more percussive mania for Justin Berkovi's influential techno jam. "Psychomechanics" tests the boundaries of experimental subtractive synthesis through innovative aural soundscapes. For those seeking proper medication, search no further. Read more » 

Review: Mountain Brothers Triple Crown

Label: Babygrande

The long-awaited follow-up to their 1999 LP Self:Volume 1, Triple Crown continues the Mountain Brother tradition of excellent production, rough rhymes and lots of scratching. DJs are the star of the show in about half the tracks, like "Badbasskicks" featuring Fifth Platoon, "MB's Are Back" featuring DJ Jay-Ski, and "The Roli Rho Show" featuring Roli Rho. Read more » 

Review: Galt Macdermot Up From the Basement: Unreleased Tracks Vols. 1 & 2

Label: Kilmarnock

The composer of songs such as "Let the Sunshine In" from the musical Hair, MacDermot has finally released these recordings from the late '60s and early '70s which compromise a precious time-capsule from our funkiest era. While composing soundtracks and working as a studio musician with legendary jazz-funk drummer Bernard Purdie, he continually performed with amazing bands, and occasionally released the results himself. These are exactly the kind of grooves that have caused everybody from Pete Rock to Buckwild to sample his music. Good sweet soul cooking. Read more » 

Review: Vincent D.Moo EP

Label: Parallel Recordings

The first track on the b-side, "d.moo (2nd edition)," is a modernized glitch beatbox mix reminiscent of Kraftwerk's "Boing Boom Tschak," with some trippy piggy-snorting noises and a super-cool bounce. On the flip is the "more funky version" of "d.moo" and a chunky and bass-heavy "Bartending." Makes ya wanna do a little jig! Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Satamile

Label: Satamile

The grinding acid assemblage of the best cuts from NYC's biggest electro label on this their retrospective comp, is speckled with unreleased goodies and tracks from as far back as '96. Prepare yourself for heavy, bass-driven electro. This ain't no minimal experimental album. Even breaks-heads will love tracks like Scape One's "Android Robotics," while Decal's "From The Inside" can do some serious dance floor damage. An emotional ride with EMS's "Take My Time" takes the edge off of the overall acid feel of this album. Remember your squatting days in that abandoned industrial site? Read more » 

Review: Triple Threat Many Styles

Label: Fat Beats

The holy trinity of West Coast turntablism forms like Voltron and drops its first LP of original material. From the first track-Shortkut's bragadocious cut and paste introduction-you know you're in for something special. After releasing mixed CDs individually, the Triple Threat crew-Shortkut, Apollo and Vinroc-come together for an album that showcases all their talents. Read more » 

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