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Review: Kananga Booty Breaks

Label: Play Breaks

The Play label launches its breaks imprint with a couple tunes by a guy who earlier this year well thumped up Mikey Gallagher's house track "What Does It Mean." The b-side wins on this, because although the weirdly titled a-side's got epic nu-breaks nuances galore, "Inner Feeling"'s boomin' bass, insightful vocal samples and emotive breakdown take the cake. Thick. Read more » 

Review: 12" Superstars Gangsta Disco

Label: Sosumi

The irreverent Sosumi juggernaut seems to be rolling at an energized pace lately, which is great to see. 12" Superstar's debut hits you off with an A-side of tightly contained breaks thump with a dead-funky rhythm guitar sample and some bad-ass synth chords. The flip's "Electrick" runs a 4/4 break under more synths and a bushel of vocoder chanting, making for a hard, block-is-hot kinda sound. Sosumi up! Read more » 

Review: Various Kingz of the Rollerz Vol. 3

Label: 31 Records

The highlights of this four-tracker are D-Kay's "Reach Inside" and the Usual Suspects's "Sapphire 7," both striking the perfect balance between lush pads and tough beats. Hats off to Doc Scott for supporting all styles of d&b. Read more » 

Review: Domu & Volcov The Last of the Great Apes

Label: Residual

The guys who otherwise comprise the lite-jazzier Rima give up the percussive goods for Ohioan Titonton Duvante's imprint. You selectors will hate choosing between "Nutsuki"'s busted-down 808 percussion and twangy synth lines, the rubbery chords and thumpy breakbeats of "Secret Powers" (which Titonton strips down, Midwest techno-style, in his mix), and the Detroit-tinged beat convulsions of "Battech," so get two copies. This music's future continues to unfold. Read more » 

Review: Evolution Control Committee Plagitarythm Nation

Label: Seeland

The ECC arguably first infected the Net with the "mash-up" technique-still best heard on their classic 1993 "Whipped Cream Mix" of Chuck D rapping over a Herb Alpert big-band jaunt. Plagiarythm Nation is an assortment of their MP3 "hits" that sometimes proves that "copyright infringement is your best entertainment value," as Negativland told us. "Rocked by Rape" stitches Dan Rather's depressing headlines over an AC/DC riff, as if he's crooning at a shit-kicker bar. Elsewhere, Janet Jackson and Gloria Estefan hits mutate into oddball ditties that resemble the Residents. Read more » 

Review: Esem Serial Human

Label: M3rck

Taking their pursuit of severely electronified "hip-hop" global, Miami's Merck drafts Bulgaria's Esem for a dark ride through a mountainous amalgam of shimmering electronics and murky splatters of broken beatdowns. Unfortunately, Serial Human isn't totally free from the usual problems that plague IDM artist albums; the good songs are truly great, while some of the others are just fine. Read more » 

Review: Glenn Branca The Ascension

Label: Acute

The '80s revival shouldn't be seen as entirely shallow and insipid. With the renewed interest in all things No Wave, releases such as this offer the more potent Jekyll to electroclash's innocuous Hyde. Best known for linking up Sonic Youth anti-guitarists Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore (only Ranaldo is present in this five-guitar lineup), Glenn Branca's own small guitar arsenals have become the stuff of legend. Read more » 

Review: Skully Champion Sounds

Label: DMC

Skully, current DMC UK champion and DMC World runner- up, pulls through with an excellent CD featuring original raps over some new and recycled rhythms; and, of course, amazing turntable work. Okay, sometimes the words do border on the clich?, but the attitude consistently remains heavy-hitting and precise. Read more » 

Review: Bad Company Grunge 3 (Dieselboy & Kaos & Karl K Remix)

Label: Human

Searing mechanical madness results when Philly's drum & bass soldiers turn Bad Co.'s "Grunge" into an opus of punching snares, punishing bass, and tons of sick buildups and breakdowns. On the flip, Hive preserves the uplifting intro of "Mass Hysteria" before dropping the track into pounding techno madness and pulling it back out into a hype, bouncy, bass-filled booty-mover. Both remixes show these artists giving BC a run for their money. Slamming! Read more » 

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