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Hausmeister Weiter

Label: Karaoke Kalk

As Hausmeister, Christian Przygodda makes sublime house music. But, erm, not that kind of house. His delicately crafted pop vignettes are tailored for prosaic home activities. Part Sound Library cheek, part ambient etude, part Brian Wilson homage, Weiter sounds not unlike if Sean O'Hagan had grown up in Berlin and been raised on minimal tech-house and Caetano Veloso. Harpsichords neighbor 4/4 pulses. Breezy acoustic guitars neighbor drum machines. And your hand keeps hitting the repeat button. Smart hand. Read more » 

Gresham It's Always Been There

Label: Function 8

At first, San Francisco's Gresham makes me think of Jamiroquai. But where the British group's singer Jason K could usually deliver soulful crooning and well-composed pop songs, Gresham's vocals lack feeling, as if he were singing in his sleep. It's an affect that works for a song or two, but by the end of the disc, we're all suffering from heavy eyelids. This well-produced acoustic rock album has some nice solos and melodies, but the result is mostly torpid melodic loops that have no destination. This is the feeling of a bar band that makes you want to leave and drink elsewhere. Read more » 

Bottleskup Flenkemkenmike Looks Like Velvet, Smells Like Pee

Label: Broklyn Beats

For a lightning jolt, chomp into an electric blanket. It has a fuzzy layer, but when you get down to the core it's a shocker. The blanket of the moment was hand-woven by Bottleskup Flenkenkenmike a.k.a. Aiden Girt, a master of disguise. Mr. Girt is the drummer for Godspeed You Black Emperor! Read more » 

Colorform Send Forth Your Soul

Label: Synchronic

James Allen's debut recording-an EP by name but a tidy 38 minutes long-is a surprising first release for DJ Spooky's Synchronic label. Devoid of the conceptual grandiosity of Spooky's writings and the murky mestizaje of his recordings, Colorform's music is a warm and enveloping swirl of house beats, orchestral samples and sci-fi sound design edited into a drifting (but hardly shapeless) stream-of-consciousness flow. The most immediate reference might be Jimpster's 1999 album Messages from the Hub, in which jazz expressionism pooled with ambient impressionism in an amniotic haze. Read more » 

Data 80 S/t

Label: Force Tracks

While producers like The Neptunes and Timbaland were raking in accolades with their syncopated stencils of late-'90s electronic beats, Håkan Lidbo was busy restructuring pop sensibility to meet with the tenets of digital disco. His results are a catchy and soulful tech-house that adds sincerity to the bromidic four-minute verse-chorus-verse song structure. Read more » 

Bosco & Jorge Ally in the Sky

Label: Sixgunlover

It'll take you a whole 26 seconds to guess this was made in Chicago. And indeed a glance at the sleeve will reveal guest credits for Isotope 217's Rob Mazurek and the brothers Navin from Aluminum Group. Apparently, Bosco & Jorge, otherwise known as Bill Lowman and Brad Gallagher, met as kids at a Leo Kottke concert. Lo and behold, years later, they're still not straying far from Kottke's rustic, fingerpicking Americana. Read more » 

Antonelli Electric Love and Other Solutions

Label: Italic

Over the past year, Stefan Schwander has released countless excellent 12"s on Italic, and appeared on Mille Plateaux, Output, Ego and ~scape compilations under guises like AG Penthouse, Pop Up (w/ Jorg Burger), Repeat Orchestra and Rhythm Maker. Love and Other Solutions finds him roaming from the crisp tech-house of prior full-lengths in favor of drifting, unanchored post-Kompakt musings that are appropriately searching but rarely find their destination. If there's a metaphor to find in this, I haven't found it yet. Read more » 

Appliance Are You Earthed?

Label: Mute

As rock and dance music continue to edge closer and closer together-at least in terms of production techniques-expect to hear more records like Are You Earthed? Fusing meandering post-rock compositions, tweaked electronics, and breathy processed vocals, Appliance are treading an increasingly trafficked musical path. Luckily, James Brooks, David Ireland and Michael Parker manage to evade many of the more self-indulgent trappings all this new-fangled technology facilitates. Read more » 

Adrien75 Coastal Access

Label: Source

Combining traditional instruments with software processing is now commonplace in the electronic underground, but Adrien75 was at it years before it was fashionable. He was responsible for most of the output of the unjustly ignored Carpet Bomb label, which merged sweeping post-rock gestures with gurgling, fleet-footed drum & bass. His debut LP pares the beats back to their barest necessities, and the guitars vanish among mazes of echo and DSP. The compositions ebb and flow with the surging dynamic of the tide, sometimes peaceful, occasionally roaring with noise. Perfect for an evening's drive. Read more » 

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