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Various Artists Autonomous Addicts

This new LA-based label emerges with a comp boasting a robust lineup of veteran and neophyte Intelligent Dance Music (that amorphous term for intricate ambient techno) talent. In 2005, that prospect may not set many pulses racing, but Autonomous Addicts refutes the notion that the genre is slumping, even if its practitioners aren‘t making quantum leaps anymore. That being said, exclusive tracks from Eight Frozen Modules, Twerk, Devine, L‘usine, and seven others approach the peaks of ‘90s IDM giants. However, one wonders if IDM has become an echo chamber where its artists bounce increasingly arcane, complex ideas off one another while the masses blithely ignore them.

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