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Review: Banda Favela Remix EP

Label: Head To Toe

Upstart broken-jazz label HTT goes samba for its sixth and seventh singles, inviting the likes of Bugz In The Attic's Alex Phountzi, North UK beat-master Wai Wan, Manchester's Riton and German Afro-fusionist Ras to make their impressions felt. Jumping, jagged future riddims back the Banda's shimmering Brazilian harmonies and, like a shot off Ronaldo's foot, every mix hits the back of the net. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Victor Davies: Remixes

Label: JCR

The voice of London's East End singer/songwriter Victor Davies is one of elemental comforts, both earthy and airy. Consequently, Davies's self-titled 2001 album and newly released Remixes are quilted from warm, colorful patches of soul and samba, acoustics and electronics, the source material coveted by producers like Berlin's Jazzanova (head of Davies's label, appropriately). With a gauzy sheen of '70s folk/funk finesse, Davies recorded elements classic and contemporary, timeless and timely. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Strewth!

Label: Synaesthesia

In the past few years, there has been a slew of excellent electronic music releases from Australian and New Zealand artists, such as Oren Ambarchi, Cray, Philip Samatzis and Rosy Parlane, to name but a few. Strewth! provides further evidence of the wealth of musical innovation occurring Down Under. Contributors include not only the relatively well-known musicians mentioned above, but also lesser-known artists with names like Delire, Zy'zx, Zonk and Squinch. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists The Orb: Back to Mine

Label: DMC

If the Orb's Back to Mine is to be believed, Alex Paterson's living room is patterned after the multi-hued chill-out room of an early '90s acid house club, all soft pillows and harsh edges. Kaleidoscopic melodies drift as phantom beats creep like spider legs through thin walls, caressing the scalp. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Movern Callar O.S.T.

Label: Warp

Mirroring the mixtape left for Samantha Morton (Scottish film Morvern Callar's protagonist) by her boyfriend just before he commits suicide, the soundtrack to Morvern Callar is obviously more than your usual promotion filler. And, more than just an interesting, seldom-used method to develop an absent character, this integral soundtrack to the very talented Brit Lynne Ramsay's most recent film-which delivers clubland its first and long-overdue smart and credible dramatization-is one of the best pop soundtracks I've ever heard. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Funk for the 21st Century

Label: Do Right!

If you haven't been keeping up with the contemporary funk movement, shame on you, first of all. Second of all, you have a chance for redemption, because Keb Darge has got your back. Known among those hardcore diggers with busted backs and bloody cuticles as one of the best to ever raid record spots, Darge has been making a name for himself Stateside by compiling his rarest and funkiest gems. Now he turns his attention to the cream of the new crop, serving up 14 raw-to-the-bone gems from folks like the Sugarman Three, Speedometer and the inimitable Sharon Jones. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists 45 Seconds Of:

Label: Simballrec

OK, here's an intense concept compilation: 99 tracks, each exactly 45 seconds long. How does this work as an album? By assembling tracks by several dozen little known experimental artists, including many whose click-and-glitch style is made for the short of patience. Within this, you have a dauntingly diverse collection of sounds, grooves and experiments, reminiscent of an old Negativland album. There are few names to note: DJ Spooky and Silver Apples make contributions, but otherwise, who knows? Read more » 

Review: Loes Lee Ash

Label: Dangerous Drums

Amsterdam's Lee (who runs the Moving Target label) laces a minimal-yet-propulsive funky thumper for Berlin's ascending breakbeat imprint Dangerous Drums that bumps with tight bass and flanged chords. Britain's Spoon Wizard rolls some tight scratches and arrangements on his old-skoolin' electro-riffic Cutlery mix. Excellent breaks drama for that ass. Read more » 

Review: Umek Neuro

Label: Tehnika

The artist album is a tool that many use for different means. Some view it purely as a collection of tracks, while others see it as a chance to expand their horizons and do something, well, special. Current techno darling Umek has decided to do the latter in a move that will no doubt equally excite and upset fans. Rather than simply welding together the kind of crunching, industrialized clanks that he's become famous for, he's opted to create an album that explores far greater depths. Read more » 

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