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Shuttle358 Understanding Wildlife

Label: Mille Plateaux

What's left for a microsound experimentalist with ambient tendencies? Read more » 

The Octagon Man vs. Depth Charge I Dream

Label: DC Recordings

Veteran rhythm king J Saul Kane pits his identities against each other to gratingly irresistible results. The title track sprinkles samples of sheep bleats (you read right) over some grimy Space Invader electro, while the b-side's rough-waved "Mmm" and alienatingly ambient "Baric Void" remind us that attitude long outlasts nostalgia. Read more » 

Jay Tripwire The Fever EP

Label: Worship

Vancouver's Tripwire works it for the Philly dub-house label with these three thumpers running a fever theme. The solid "Uh, Fever" is long on conga-drive and hypnotic bassline, while its flipside remixes deepen things with more bass, subtle effects and tight dubby vocal samples. Boom. Read more » 

Fink Presents Sideshow Sound of Today

Label: Simple

Veteran Ninja Tune producer Fin Greenall signs his Sideshow project to London's future beat-fostering Simple label. Both "Sound of Today" and "I Don't Know Why" mix clipped, alarm-clock ticking kicks and snares with dusky, sunset-hued melodies, even a little blues slide-guitar. Like former production partner Hefner, Greenall's sound is uptempo narcotic, like a bag of hash for the dancefloor. Read more » 

DJ Narrows House of Pain

Label: Octagon Dubs

Two slabs of noir-ish, chugging UK bass, driven by heavy-handed cymbal rides and twisting, warping low-end. Narrows always tells the traditional 2-step sound to fuck right off with his heavy, grimy 4/4s. This is what the term "hard house" should really apply to. Read more » 

Daniel Carter + Reuben Radding Luminescence

Label: Aum Fidelity

Two stellar musicians present a soaring sonic convergence. Carter's countless associations include Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sonic Youth and William Parker, while Radding has worked with John Zorn and Wayne Horvitz, among others. This duet, however, is a rare and timeless pairing. When bassist Reuben Radding brought multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter to Seattle shortly after 9/11, Carter brought only his alto saxophone, saying that it "helped create a kind of simplicity, focus, and relative quietude." How can a record be so primal and filled with emotion, and yet be so peaceful? Read more » 

Sly Fidelity & Club Foot Positive Information

Label: Sosumi

Two reputedly well-known mystery techno producers unleash this pair of house/breaks hybrids for the non-prolific but on-point Sosumi imprint. Shuffling 4/4 beats, echoing wah chords and a tight soundclash vocal breakdown highlight the title, while the flip's "Cruise Control" is a hardcore, disco-ey, ska-tinged party jam. Fresh for spring. Read more » 

Circle Research Speak & Read

Label: Cartridge Family Records

Toronto DJ/producers Nix, Astro and Chris B check in with three chunky bits. "Speak and Read" runs a tight rhythm under Smooth B-ish rhymes by local Abdominal dueling a Speak 'n' Spell toy. Meanwhile, Psy swallows two million words to little effect on "Psy'd Tracked," but comes through nicer on the T-town posse cut "Fade," featuring eight MCs, including Yushin killin' it in Japanese. Rhyme styles: B+. Beats: A+. Read more » 

Total Science Pop Psychology EP

Label: CIA

Total Science roll on with their CIA label, lacing their third "limited" remix 12 by giving over their emotive "Zanzibar" for a tense remix by Zero Tolerance & Beta 2, while on the flip, Baron injects even more obnoxious buzz into a remix of his own "Meet the Creeper." The real news is TS's "Pop Psychology" EP, which offers four more slices of top-notch soulful roll, touched variously by old-school chord stabs, jazz-funk samples, cyber-brutality and gorgeous editing craft. Still fresh. Read more » 

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