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Various Artists Hitek By Meteosound

Meteosound equals clicks 'n' cuts production techniques applied to hip-hop and dub rhythm matrices. The 14 acts on Hitek By Meteosound apply fresh coats of sonic paint to houses showing wear and tear. Artists like Dabrye, Headset, Apparat (remixed by Monolake), and Andreas Tilliander engage in digital skullduggery with hip-hop's roots, and the DNA-tampering results in much tantalizing music. Dub-oriented cuts by Bus and Fenin dip into innocuousness, but they're the exception. More typical of Hitek is Thomas Fehlmann's sparse, processional ambient dub that's suffused in funereal ambience, spotlighting a compelling tension between heaviness and lightness.

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