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Tobias Thomas Smallville

Although one of Kompakt's less visible family members, Tobias Thomas has been intimately involved in the Cologne techno label's dirty work since its earliest days. Not a beat-mixer (gaffes make it obvious it's not digitally edited), Smallville purports to reflect the growth of a small dancing community-small, as in beatless (Kaito's mesmerizing "Release Your Body") and narrow-ranging (it's similarly calm through select cuts by Aril Brikha, Jan Jelinek, and Le Dust Sucker). The release is a pleasant if temporary indulgence amidst so many balls-to-the-wall anthem comps out right now. Oh, and it doesn't have shit to do with the TV show.

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