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Review: Aphrodite Urban Junglist

Label: Spun

The jungle equivalent of the kind of wet t-shirt contest in which everyone gets hosed down as they jump the fuck up, Aphrodite's latest mix is charged with overwhelming pneumatic bounce and drenched with a lush energy, and it's big big big. Featuring ragga bumpin', sassed-to-the-max vocals and flamenco come-ons, there ain't nothing subtle about the irrepressible party contained herein. Gavin King sticks to his trademark sound, but shines it up till each curve is slapworthy. Makes like a busted-up fire hydrant on a sweltering day-basic like water and cement, but, in the moment, so much more. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Teutonik Disaster

Label: Gomma

There's only so many times you can walk into a Lower East Side bar full of patrons clothed in jackets coated in one-inch badges, posturing in deftly worn Levi's, cheesecloth-thin vintage RUN-DMC tees, and perfectly askew trucker cap, waving to Casey Spooner, sipping Red Stripes and doing PCP with Ryan McGinley, and then knowingly call out each endlessly re-issued post-punk classic. Yes, we've all heard Yello, Laidback and Alexander Robotnik's classics played repeatedly. But what, you may ask, were the Germans up to during those important years of 1977-1983? Read more » 

Review: 7L & Tall Matt We Drink Old Gold

Label: Sandbox Automatic

As a dedicated mixtape head' love and hate this CD. Love it because it's packed full of golden-era goodness; hate it because they have records I want (yo''mma knock you fools out for those Sir Ibu and 360 singles!). The track listing is the main attraction here: rare cuts from the late '80s and early '90s, featuring artists like Chill Rob G, Doug E. Fresh and Nice & Smooth, plus a bunch of more obscure names. The mixing is very smooth, but both DJs wisely stand back from turntable trickery, letting these songs speak for themselves. Read more » 

Review: Yoshimi and Yuka Flower With No Color

Label: Ipecac

Sure to be overlooked for its elegant subtlety, Cibo Matto-programmer Yuka Honda and Yoshimi P-We (Boredoms, OOIOO, Free Kitten) have created a minor ambient/improv masterpiece in Flower With No Color. Made while traveling and living together in rural Japan, Flower gathers field recordings of birds, temple bells and sounds of their truck with piano, bamboo flutes, trumpets and synthesizers into a something not unlike Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra and Damo Suzuiki wandering Mt. Ikoma on opium. Easily one of the most sublime 45-minute listening sessions I've spent in some time. Read more » 

Review: Worm is Green Automagic

Label: TMT

Well, Dntel fever is evidently sweeping the world, not even leaving the windswept artic tundras of Iceland untouched. After bringing the electro-enhanced slowcore jams of M?m, TMT records introduces Worm is Green, which steps up the global glitch-pop explosion with prominent female and sometimes male vocals, a bassist, a drummer and an avalanche of nocturnal synthesized solitude. If this sounds like your bag, relish in the swirling growl of synthesizers, laptop-affected drums, and immediate vocals. Read more » 

Review: Nobukazu Takemura Songbook

Label: Bubble Core

Songbook is a tale sung in the native tongue of Moondonia. The mushroom people of this purple land live in lakes of rainbow glass. They pluck silver grapes from translucent octopi arms and whistle all the while. Nobukazu Takemura and his vocal sidekick Aki Tsuyoko bring Earth its first taste of the Moondonian dialect. It comes in soft, circular fragments, like the lullabies of baby pearls. Melodic lyrics float on soft cushions of analog synthesis and kaleidoscopic vibraphone sputters. Syncopated drum grooves bounce electric raindrops off glowing gopher heads. Read more » 

Review: Vessel Dreaming in Paris

Label: Expanding

Stealing fire from Warp and a page from Aphex Twin, Vessel cook up highly unoriginal IDM. Braindaince wouldn't be braindance if it wasn't a little dreamy, but these guys are laid back to the point of coma-inducement. They embellish their songs with the latest in squishy glitch drums, but include unneeded electro keys that destroy the shiny-new-sound feel that marks IDM's experimentalism. Dreaming in Pairs sounds like it should have been served around 1998-it's basically a great dish ruined by being left out in the cold. Read more » 

Review: Supersilent 6

Label: Rune Grammofon

Supersilent has always been difficult to label. Their darkly atmospheric mix of electronics (processing, vintage synthesizers and the like) and acoustic instruments (trumpet, drums and the occasional guitar) seems to fall somewhere in the vast no-man's land separating post-rock, out jazz, and abstract electronic music. This fourth release by the Norwegian quartet finds the group in fine, brooding form. Read more » 

Review: Styrofoam I'm What's There to Show That Something's Missing

Label: Morr

Arne van Petegem was once easy to overlook in the middle of Morr's roster of mellow, blissfully melancholy electronicists. No more-this time around, he keeps the slowed-down programming and DSP jabber, and slots in his own vocals. Van Petegem's wan, human voice is front-and-center amidst instrumentals as goopy and complex as any Mouse on Mars tunes, creating a perfect abstract pop album, the inverse negative of Schneider TM's carefree Zoomer from last year. Read more » 

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