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Various Artists Tobias Thomas: Please Please Please

Tobias Thomas has one of the lightest, deftest touches of any techno DJ. On acclaimed mixes like Für Dich and Smallville, he injects the often-predictable techno DJ mix disc with a warm intimacy and crafty narrative arc; he'd rather massage your temples than bang your head. Please Please Please is the German selector's strangest and best effort yet. Beginning with a trio of weird ambient cuts (two by Pantha Du Prince), Thomas gradually shifts into odd microhouse/minimal techno specimens (highlights are contributions from Villalobos and Kooky Scientist) then U-turns into a three-track denouement of radical pop transformations (clever electro-pop covers of The Smiths and Fleetwood Mac classics). This is the rare mix CD you can put on repeat.

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