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Guitar Sunkissed

Label: Morr Music

You're right: Sunkissed, the debut album from Digital Jockey and a handful of collaborators (Ayako Akashiba, Regina Janssen, G?nther Janssen) sounds uncannily-some might say almost inexcusably-like My Bloody Valentine. But as it turns out, we need more of this blissed-out, shoegazing, stars-in-our-eyes dreampop; the ending of every one of Guitar's breathless, swirlybird pop gems leaves a desperate taste in your mouth, the comedown as bruising as the rush was heady. Read more » 

Masami Akita & Russell Haswell Satanstornade

Label: Warp

Putting aside its catalog number of 666, this record is still the closest any living person has ever come to hell. But it's a far screech from noise and pays heed to neither the physical, improvised style of the '80s nor the late-'90s digital mash-up. Rather, Satanstornade is more a complete understanding of texture and sound than anything else. Read more » 

Fragment Orchestra Fragment Orchestra

Label: Schema

Fragment Orchestra are Luca Pernici and Giulio Vetrone. As you may have guessed, they're Italians. Groovy Italians, in fact, as this lovely little collection of supine nuggets testifies. The duo (who also run the Maffia Sound System together) are known for their gently coruscating sound sculptures, and this LP is full of their trademark blissed-out beats. If you can dig weightless grooves that float around in warm washes of sound, softly plucked bass and wistful vibes-glissandos without sounding like the bottom of the ambient barrel is being scraped yet again, you'll die for this. Read more » 

Dwayne Sodahberk Don't Want to Know You

Label: Tigerbeat6

This Swedish producer's debut album establishes him as one of Tigerbeat6's brightest stars. While he's supplied music for Absolut Vodka and Saab ads, Sodahberk sounds anything but commercial on Don't Want To Know You's 17 tracks. After unleashing some DSP heckler spray on the opening cut, Sodahberk shifts into a killer hip-hop groove that's as heavy as Dälek, as metallic as mid-period Autechre and as hypnotically tuneful as Wu-Tang Clan. Read more » 

Big Two Hundred Your Personal Filth

Label: DC

You might know Andy Meecham and Dean Meredith from the tasty Chicken Lips, but this side project is an even more stoned-out, dub-dripping dance album. Big Two Hundred's debut clearly hails from the Land of Blood Pudding, as several bass-driven songs with punk attitude hark to the Clash, and much more blatantly, in one song an ambivalent voice and skeletal drum machine beats scream of David Bowie. Besides composing these elongated punk/disco/new wave songs as a sort of tribute to the early '80s, a dated sound sneaks in from having recorded onto pre-disco era tape through vintage equipment. Read more » 

Asphalt Jungle Electro Ave.

Label: ROIR

As Asphalt Jungle, New York partners Brian Tarquin and Chris Ingram follow nicely in a long line of electronic duo dynamics. The propulsive mood of Electro Ave. won't surprise anyone familiar with the Crystal Method, Cirrus, Apollo 440, Hard Knox, Prodigy and the like. Breaks steamroll, gathering grit, while keyboards twitter and guitar tones that would garner Eddie Van Halen and Jimi Hendrix's approval scream towards the stratosphere. Read more » 

Tech Itch Destiny

Label: Penetration

Your man Mark Caro brings on the sixth installment for his Tech Itch sister label, and it's a big, bad one. The title track comprises a dark, well-produced, sci-fi roller with broad bass, scritchy keys and a good amount of acid bleep. The flip, "Contaminate," shifts rhythms like there's no tomorrow, offering a compelling challenge to the d&b formula. Ace. Read more » 

Andy Votel All Ten Fingers

Label: Twisted Nerve-XL

With fingers in design, production, label management, DJing and a whole bunch of other pies, Twisted Nerve honcho Votel has to have every single one at his wanton disposal. With such a busy lifestyle, it's no surprise that it's taken him so long to muster up his first full-length album. The result is as a 15-track album that borrows as much from his label's love of lo-fi acts as it does from their love of electronic noise-smiths like Mum and Dad or Sirconical. Read more » 

Percy X On A Day

Label: Soma

You want '80s, go for it. But do it right, as Scottish hero Percy does here with some sophisticated next-retro techno. With their subtle melody lines and pumping rhythms, his two versions of "On a Day" quietly raise the bar on instrumental synth-shuffle, while the accompanying tune, "Dark N Sharp," is more pulsing, updated fare. Read more » 

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