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Review: Chris Clark Empty The Bones Of You

Label: Warp

Fresh on the heels of his "Ceramics Is The Bomb" EP, Chris Clark digs deeper into the melodic IDM territory that Warp's not explored since Autechre's Incunabula, placing Clark in the surprising-if unenviable-spot of having Warp's best release in recent memory. A cracking first track, "Indigo Optimus" posits all the crunchiness of glitch programming, but reins it in under a harrowing, dark chord structure. Read more » 

Review: Maps and Diagrams Free-Time

Label: Pause-2

For the fans of the little intimate "lovelies" camp of electronic music, a gift of Maps and Diagrams. It's Solvent without the skitter: sheets of slender, tailored ambience and some non-intrusive but tastefully clever beats. Peaceable and pretty and non-effacing. "Do It Yourself" has a nice sheen of very high-noted strands of honey. "Ideal" is a rock-a-bye lullaby, all sweet, rich melodies lovingly brushing up next to one another like lips against soft, sleeping shoulders. Read more » 

Review: Kagami Star Arts

Label: Frogman

Four years have elapsed since Kagami's last album, and it shows. As he shamelessly hops aboard the electro bandwagon, he's still carrying major disco filter and tired hard-house baggage. The only time he redeems himself is five cuts in on "2.27" and on the eighth track, "Perfect Storm." While these two techno offerings are decent fillers, they're sadly out of place on this paean to mediocrity. It's cold comfort that the tracks, despite their staleness, are really well produced. It's just that they're so indicative of the shite out there that you hardly care. Read more » 

Review: Tim Taylor vs. Andy Slate Muscle Madness

Label: Missile

Following up the epic re-release of the classic "Horn Track," Tim teams up with Budapest-based producer Andy Slate. With moods that reference early-'80s dance, this 12" shuffles along while highlighting alternating half-step sixteenth-note bass grooves. A bit less upfront of a melody than previous titles, and a positive leap for the imprint. Read more » 

Review: Pole Pole

Label: Mute

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. Read more » 

Review: Ice Breaker International & Manual Into Forever

Label: Morr Music

Evermore synonymous with the term "nice," Morr Music inaugurates a new series of collaborations with one of their established artists and one-time collaborators. Into Forever sees glacial post-rocker and NYC conceptual artist Alexander Perls (Icebreaker International) soak his Morr veteran and beat loving comrade's melodic IDM-referencing excursions in shimmering vats of carefully evolving, intricately layered guitar treatments. Read more » 

Review: Bigshot Eq

Label: Uptown Records

Eight-bar fans tune in to "EQ," full of droning bassline goodness, "frequency" samples, and someone sawing away on an eerily high-pitched violin; for some reason, it's vaguely reminiscent of "War in '94." Flip for jamming 4/4s mixed up with almost '60s-esque organ sounds on the pounding "A Little Different." Haunted house vibes. Read more » 

Review: Fertile Ground Remixed

Label: Counterpoint

Earning plaudits from London's soul jazz cognoscenti, this Baltimore group's infectious use of Afro-Caribbean rhythms has made them a favorite of those on a syncopated slant, evidenced here by their remixers. Kaidi Tatham turns in an ambitious, tempo-dividing version of "Spiritual War," maintaining careful d?tente with Navasha Daya's vocals. Her powerful voice does get the best of Ayro on "The Moment," however, especially in comparison to Seiji's shuffling funk version. Read more » 

Review: Dash Dude Regular Pleasures EP

Label: Morris Audio

Dash Dude brings us some tracky vocals, deep groves and glitch house jams with this EP. Though I don't speak any French''m definitely doing some really funky moves, like the French woman tells me to do on "A Hard Day's Night," which-along with "Assugreen"-is dancey as all get-out. On the flip we have two more gems: "Similarly Different" is a tweaky, glitchy microhouse piece, while "Do You like Lemons..." is on the deeper tip. Perlon and Playhouse fans should check this EP out for sure. Read more » 

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