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Review: Ceephax Exidy Tours

Label: First Cask

Blah, blah, blah, Squarepusher, Squarepusher, Squarepusher. Has young Ceephax auteur Andy Jenkinson any other identity than being Tom Squarepusher" Jenkinson's little brother? Read more » 

Review: Req Car Paint Scheme

Label: Warp

As Brooklynites in mesh trucker caps continue to make odder and odder showy hip-hop joints, there's something more alluringly unnerving in the insular loping clatter of Req. With no shortage of releases over the years for myriad labels, Car Paint Scheme comes across achingly fresh. Album opener Runout Scratches" seduces with its hypnotic swirling haze of an entrance to Req's world. Read more » 

Review: Arundhati Roy Come September

Label: AK Press-Alternative Tentacles

At a time when liberals the world over are falling in line with the Bush Administration's atrocious state practices that get called the "War on Terrorism," the voice of Arundhati Roy is needed, and needed badly. Roy is unafraid to break with both liberal and left pieties, whereas most commentators shuffle their feet and avoid confronting "merely political" issues that hurt, devalue, and cheapen people's lives. Tackling so-called "multiculturalism," Roy speaks to the ways that a politics of "tolerance" assumes the other person is intolerable to begin with. Read more » 

Review: XRAY Monsta Mixes 2

Label: Mindbenda

Arguably the most lyrically devastating crew in hip-hop today, the Monsta Island Czars have evolved from mysterious MF Doom associates to an unstoppable rap powerhouse. Building on the success of their classic debut Escape From Monsta Island, chief beat-maker Xray hits us with another 20-track collection featuring remixes, exclusive new joints, and unearthed gems from the vaults. There's not a bad track on here, from the hypnotic guitar-laced jump-off Witchcraft Remix" to the subdued closer "Covert Op" by Darcmind. Read more » 

Review: Amen Andrews Vol. 1

Label: Rephlex

Andrews is none other than Luke Vibert, unleashing the first in a five-EP junglist revival. Over four tracks, Vibert delivers the chaotic-yet-funky madness that once thrilled us about jungle as he lets the drums ricochet, the bass bounce and the atmospheres warp in the format's best tradition. Be sure to check the dread styles on "10000001 Style," and watch yr bassbins. Read more » 

Review: Instant House Awade (Joe's Jungle Sounds Dub)

Label: Natural Resources

Another monster remix courtesy of Joaquin "Joe" Claussell, who revisits a record he originally mixed in 1992. This has been one of my main staples for the last few months-thundering percussion and dub effects on top of a muscular synth bass that will make short work of any dancefloor. The b-side has stripped-down elements for even more creative possibilities in the hands of the adventurous DJ. Absolutely essential! Read more » 

Review: Tobias Thomas Smallville

Label: Kompakt

Although one of Kompakt's less visible family members, Tobias Thomas has been intimately involved in the Cologne techno label's dirty work since its earliest days. Not a beat-mixer (gaffes make it obvious it's not digitally edited), Smallville purports to reflect the growth of a small dancing community-small, as in beatless (Kaito's mesmerizing "Release Your Body") and narrow-ranging (it's similarly calm through select cuts by Aril Brikha, Jan Jelinek, and Le Dust Sucker). The release is a pleasant if temporary indulgence amidst so many balls-to-the-wall anthem comps out right now. Read more » 

Review: Heartlesss Crew Why? (Sticky Refix)

Label: East West

Almost ten years on, DJ Fonti and MCs Mighty Moe and Bushkin reach a new and most accessible peak. Lovely strings stab at this "baby-why-ya-leavin'-me-just-cuz-you-caught-me" jam which offers up tight vocal harmonies on the chorus and a bumpy ragga verse. Big and tasty, like...oh, never mind. Read more » 

Review: Bunny Striker Lee The Cool Operator

Label: Smugg

Although it's impossible to cover master Jamaican producer Bunny Lee's whole career on one single CD, the existence of The Cool Operator is justified by the fact that the songs on this compilation were picked by Lee himself. In addition to his famous "flying cymbal" drum patterns, Lee was one of the first producers to re-use his own riddims for different singers. Read more » 

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