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Review: Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian

Label: Paw Tracks

To balance the weight of technological artificiality on a single blade of grass is to achieve some great, transcendent understanding of modernity. And to gain this understanding is to unlock the mysticism of Animal Collective's latest album. Although seemingly noisy and covered with grime and grease, the tracks that appear on Here Comes the Indian originate in droning tones, tribal chants and the forest rock of the UK circa 1970. Buzzing, bubbling, sucking and squeaking, these jams do for the ears what a few mushroom caps will do for the eyes. Read more » 

Review: Bent Coppa The Payoff

Label: Proper

Your boy Coppa follows up his debut for Proper from last year, "Break In," with another electro-infused party-rocking bit on this title track, which is reminiscent of a more bombastic Elite Force. The flip's "Pimps" rolls with a more '80s feel, but is still pretty mean with its sliced-up streetside vocal samples. Thumpy. Read more » 

Review: Dust Where You Wanna Be (Roots Manuva Remix)

Label: Bar DeLuxe

Your man in London, Rodney Smith, puts the funk into cinematic dream-rockers Dust's little jammy-jam with scratches, thunky beats, some West Coast-gone-haywire high-register keyboard noise, and some of those puke on "Babylon"-style lyrics, ya see? Hard, strange and irresistable. Read more » 

Review: Oren Ambarchi, Gunter Muller, Voice Crack Oystered

Label: Audiosphere

This latest installation in Audiosphere's excellent Invisible Architecture series is perhaps the most compelling to date. That the teaming of guitarist Oren Ambarchi, percussionist and MD-master G?nter M?ller, and cracked electronics virtuosos Voice Crack (Andy Guhl and Norbert Moslang) would yield such stellar results should come as no surprise. After all, as three-quarters of Poire_Z, M?ller, Guhl and Moslang are a tried-and-true combination. Read more » 

Review: Strategy Strut

Label: Outward Music C

You'd think that with a title like Strut, Strategy's debut would be bursting with big swaggering sounds. Instead, Strategy's point of pride seems to be in his wide palette of rather small though stylishly melded beats. "Fuck It, Baby" is tiny, kicky dance music-IDM for toy soldiers-and "Splash" starts out with sweet patterned beats that get rubbed away by light swipes of sandpaper. "Delicious" builds into a muted, watery reverb, an amniotic lullaby similar in tone to "The Sea Is So Cold." From the budding Portland experimental electronic scene, Strategy shouts proud. Read more » 

Review: Matthew Dear Ep 1 & 2

Label: Spectral Sound

You can't help but think you're listening to some strange history on these two bits of vinyl. Ann Arbor boy Dear neatly disabuses techno of its orthodoxy, either by sucking it into the void ? la Coil on "Laguna Madre," snapping it like a sugar pea on "Reae," stuffing it into a cave on "Lakonic," or simply muffling the whole whiny mess under his shoe on "Pinch & Pillage." Ten tracks for the whispered end of history. Read more » 

Review: Libretto Dirty Thangs

Label: One Drop

With fat backing from Lifesavas producer Jumbo, former Watts resident Libretto brings irresistibly scruffy flow to Portland dub label BSI's hip-hop imprint One Drop. On the East Coast-ish title tune, Lib rhymes of street struggle and "low times on the brain" over a guitar-plucking monster beat, while the flip's "Alma Mater" harkens back to golden-age SoCal G-funk. Hot. Read more » 

Review: Dub Tractor More Or less Mono

Label: City Centre Offices

With More Or Less Mono, Dub Tractor (a.k.a. Anders Remmer of Future 3 fame) pulls off a compelling and surprisingly delicate fusion of minimal techno, experimental glitch and heartbreaking melodies, all with a distinctively effortless air. Remmer sticks to an intriguing formula of snarled drum loops, random machine noise and sharp crackles, all wrapped up in hazy synths, dubbed-out effects and acoustic instrumentals. But he also exhibits an admirable sense of restraint. Read more » 

Review: H-Foundation Environments

Label: Soma

With Environments, Hipp-e and Halo have taken their trademark dubby, West Coast house beats and sharpened them up with a slick, Euro-cool patina and a hefty amount of leftfield influences. From the smart soul vocals on "Soul Searchin'" to the nu-jazz/broken-beat-influenced "Feelin'" and the filtered disco groove of "New Funk Theory," these boys are taking house music for a spin. Read more » 

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