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Review: Dynamo Productions Analogue

Label: Illici

Compiled from previous EPs as well as new tracks, Analogue showcases the types of hard hip-hop and funk beats that have propelled Dynamo Productions' status as DJs. Plumbing (or more accurately, sampling) a line from the JB's through Eric B., the duo of Andy Smith (Portishead's tour DJ) and Scott Hendy (a.k.a. Boca 45) turns in tight pieces designed to rock a trainspotters floor filled with people who can name all the source pieces in a Bomb Squad production. A few of the tracks fail to transcend their loops and work best as DJ tools, but overall this is a very solid debut. Read more » 

Review: Richard Davis Safety

Label: Punk

Richard Davis has obviously been taking notes on all of the recent reconciliations of house in the image of clicks and cuts, and thankfully he doesn't regurgitate them. Instead, he rebuilds and reworks the cues into beautifully salient and crisp forays into the trademark understated-but-oh-so-fierce 4/4. Most appealing is Davis's precision production, where intelligent compression and a crisp meticulousness support the vocalist Souc Souc Silversponge's whispered sexiness along with Richard Davis's own appropriate vocal peppering. Read more » 

Review: Cinematic Orchestra Man with a Movie Camera

Label: Ninja Tune

Evoking Portishead's ability to create groove and atmosphere simultaneously, Cinematic Orchestra brings depth and nuance to this interpretive set based on a silent 1930s-era Soviet propaganda film. If all that sounds terribly heavy, imagine a grainy black-and-white film depicting scenes of the idealized socialist life-spare, quiet, funny and a little sad-and you get a sense of Cinematic's jazzy constructions of samples, funky keys, grave strings, squealing saxophones and warm bass riffs. Read more » 

Review: Bobby Karate Hot Trips, Cold Returns

Label: Woodson Lateral

Along with Electric Birds and L'usine, Bobby Karate (Steven Ford) is inflating Seattle's electronic-music scene into something worth your respect. A former punk-rock drummer, Bobby Karate-like Brad Laner/Electric Company and Ken Gibson/Eight Frozen Modules-has made a dazzling transition to minimalist laptop composition. Karate's debut disc melds math-rock's unpredictable time signatures to microsound's pointillist DSP and morphed field recordings. Read more » 

Review: Masta Killa Digi Warfare

Label: Nature Sounds

Your boy Elgin Turner, the ninth member of that Wu bunch (who are 'bout to cut a contract with Tariq Aziz' hear), gets loose old-school style on an uptempo Eric B.-ish rhythm laced with scratch noise and electric cowbell. On the flip's "No Said Date," the tempo remains up, and the Killa flows with that inimitable subtlety alongside those sweet Wu strings, lettin' ya know that if "truth be the life preserver, ya can't drown." No, the Wu hasn't gone anywhere, and yet they're still back. Read more » 

Review: 8 Doogymoto Minimalistico

Label: Soundslike

The trio called 8 Doogymoto is unlike just about any other act in electronic music, so it's not too surprising to find them on Matthew Herbert's Soundslike label. Singer Fumi's breathy vocals, sung in hybrid English and Japanese, adorn bandmates Viktor and Heinrich's chugging house structures, which bend and bow under the weight of guitars, Casios and unorthodox sound sources. 8 Doogymoto might best be compared to tropic?lia legend Tom Z?, whose carnivalesque avant-pomp and semi-pop set the stage for this trio's exuberant amalgamations. Read more » 

Review: Rithma Music Fiction

Label: Om

Young Etienne Stehelin's debut album for San Francisco's Om blows a breath of fresh air through a somewhat stagnant electronic music scene. Pulling on a wide variety of influences-from rock to jazz to funk and soul-the 23-year old LA native's sound is the perfect antidote to these rough global times. Read more » 

Review: Jaylib The Official

Label: Stones Throw

You don't necessarily hear music made by Jay Dee and Mad Lib-you feel it. They're too busy living the moment with wobbly jazz loops, drunken snares, dirty handclaps and lyrics that tell it like it is. "The Official" is so stoned it can't walk a straight line, but it's still in charge of the battle like Tommy Franks. Read more » 

Review: Wildchild Secondary Protocol

Label: Stones Throw

World renown for his devastating lyrical skills, Wildchild has been blazing mics for over a decade, alongside his Lootpack cohorts and on various singles and collaborations. For his much-anticipated solo debut, he further proves himself as an "emcee's emcee," unleashing a torrent of complex yet funky wordplay throughout. Read more » 

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