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Patrick Dubois Today

Daniel Erbe's got one hell of an alter-ego. As Patrick Dubois, he creates luscious, minimal techno with a warm, fuzzy center. The bulk of the tunes on Today are heady, atmospheric tracks that throb with emotion and pulsate with an earnestness all too often suppressed in today's more clinical techno works. Erbe's tracks like "Run," "My Cat" and "Sofa" resonate with the gentle, fragile beauty championed by minimal machine-music artists like Norken and Brothomstates. He sends up a dark homage to the '80s with the unexpectedly tender android melodica of "Open Air," and even his interpretation of modern house gets an ethereal touch on "Sushi Bar." An arresting listen from beginning to end-Erbe has pulled off a surprisingly captivating tearjerker.

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