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Supersystem Always Never Again

Formerly known as El Guapo, this outfit has experimented its way from free jazz to dance jams, but maybe the name change means they‘ve achieved a fusion that incorporates all their tinctures. Always Never Again melds frantic tempos into samba beats shaped by angular riffs, and takes herky-jerky bass bumper beats and weaves them with treble-heavy Middle Eastern guitar lines. The mix up is fun but the sound gets so bogged down with the mash-up of elements (synthetic spaz rock, dancehall, pop punk) that its textures start sounding contrived. A fun record, just one that‘s a little too self-conscious.

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