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Common Star69

Label: MCA

Hot sex on a platter is the appropriate term for this sensual excursion. Common and Prince take you deep inside the psyche of seduction. Beats for your ass and a Rosario Dawson intro...wow... Read more » 

Various Artists Miss Kitten Presents: Radio Caroline Volume 1

Label: Mental Groove

"I will never stop dancing," declares Ms Kittin (a.k.a. Caroline Herve) midway through her first widely available mix-CD, "How can you be a DJ if you don't shake your ass in the middle of the crowd?" This collection seems intended to subtly recalibrate our expectations of the French DJ and vocalist: Kittin's breathy vocals have previously decorated electroclash records by the Hacker and Felix Da Housecat, but on this release, she looks to funky electro, minimalist house and abstract techno from the likes of Delarosa & Asora, Autechre, Kinesthesia and Panasonic for her kicks. Read more » 

Alphamotive Thus Far EP

Label: Wave

Producers Brendon Moeller (a.k.a. Beat Pharmacy) and Will Thomas team up with Brit singer Dina Richardson to crank out a nice slab o' that off-boogie. The smoothly uptempo "Better Day" works wonders on the floor in both its dramatically shuffling nu-jazz and relentless house remixes, while "Not Alone" runs a nice late-night café ambience. Solid. Read more » 

Ear Lotion Feat. Valentino Ep

Label: Select

Production stalwart Ryan Tapia finally releases his Ear Lotion EP after no less than seven years of tweaking. "Ryan's Original Formula" harkens back to the early '90s warehouse sound propagated by the likes of Mr. C and Grooverider. Watch carefully for the "Rubdown" mix by Chi-town's Johnny Fiasco. Read more » 

Various Artists Toast & Jam 9

Label: Toast and Jam

Portland electro goes cruising for a bruising. Ten artists stumble around a house of sharp metallic corners and unforgiving doorframes in the dark, accumulating the sonic equivalent of scrapes and cuts. By far the most intriguing tracks are the ones that are the most energetically masochistic: Solenoid's "Genclone 4" lurches out of every groove as soon as it settles into it, smacking itself brutally around. "She's A Doctor, Too" and "Monkey Feet," both by ML, are the most compelling, full of swaggering postures and sly hooks. Read more » 

P'taah Staring at the Sun

Label: Ubiquity

P'taah is producer Chris Brann's collective, often dubbed "nu jazz," but informed by a deeply ingrained tradition. On the one hand Brann respects tradition, composing soulful house as Ananda Project adhering to 120 BPM, double the heartbeat and intrinsically inspiring. But with P'taah, he seeks to break his own mold, while still following a lineage of compositional clarity that links Erik Satie to funk-jazz fusion to Norwegian experimental expansions. P'taah's earliest output was expressive but felt more encumbered by its agenda. Read more » 

Otto Von Schirach Chopped Zombie Fungus

Label: Schematic

Over the past few years "glitch" has come into its own, weaning from the teat of academia. No doubt glitch is still a navel-gazing breast man, but now an eye's turned to the bootay, at least via Cuban-American producer Otto Von Schirach. Recording ricocheting rhythm for Schematic, Von Schirach mixes IDM with Miami bass-bred electro and ghetto-tech with gabba in his crispy crystal-packed bowl of baked Chopped Zombie Fungus. He's still plenty glitch, though, as in: Is there a synaptic glitch? Is everything firing a bit off? Read more » 

The Demtrios Project Feel Alive (Jon Cutler Rmxs)

Label: MN2S

Originally released last year, "Feel Alive" gets a timely makeover from NYC's Jon Cutler, who takes the original vocal and works it to great effect over an ultra-deep bass and sweeping pads. Read more » 

Spaztik Emcee Run of the Mill Rmx

Label: Cosmic Flux Musiq

Over a beat that could be "Proceed, Part IV," this Bay Area b-boy drops smoove lyrics like it's '88 and he came to set it straight. With Regina Monique's soft singing on the hook, "Run" merges hip-hop and r&b without shorting either. The flip's "We Three Kings" is a Philly affair, with a bangin' beat by Grand Agent (Mountain Brother) Chops, who also rhymes. Read more » 

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