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Shadow Huntaz Corrupt Data

IDM and hip-hop are strange, but familiar, bedfellows. Hip-hop's loping rhythms and boom bap have been an integral and abstract part of the core of IDM's sound. Now, experimental label Skam releases a straight-up hip-hop album. Exciting production from Quench/Funckarma lends a tricked-out, spatial dub feel, but the overall result is fairly straightforward. With the glaring exception of "Medic," an alien equation of CGI-reconfigured hip-hop, Corrupt Data suffers from its conventionality. A fine record, but unfortunately not corrupt enough.

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