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Susumu Yokota Over Head

Susumu Yokota is a little bipolar. On productions for his Skintone imprint (licensed by the Leaf Label), Sublime, Exceptional and even Harthouse, he's alternated between dance music and pure ambiance, exploring house, techno, disco and broken beat on the one hand, and deep, beatless sonorities on the other. Over Head sees Yokota's twin selves finally meeting up. The album's 10 tracks splice bells, traditional drums, mountain-spring-clear tones, and eerie, faraway voices into a careful churn propelled by techno's pulse and destabilized by broken beat's Brazilian swing. Like Four Tet for the dance floor, Over Head is possibly Yokota's best effort yet-and one of 2003's strongest releases.

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