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Pole Pole

For all the conception behind this disc, it makes good background music for Saturday brunch at home. Berlin's Pole has cooked up a new series consisting of two previous releases that merge into this self-titled full-length. Here, Ohio rapper Fat Jon's urgent spoken-word vocals now appear on the four tracks that made up Pole's "45/45" EP, as well as on opener "Slow Motion" from Pole's "90/90" single. Sly percussive change-ups, soft melodic tones, and, at times, live sax and upright bass, combine to create a techno/hip-hop hybrid that will appeal to IDM/downtempo fans. Three out of four brunchers didn't mind it either.

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