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Juju The Barrio Funk EP

Label: Phuturo

Taking it up a notch for the label's tenth release, Juju drops a monstrous double-pack that captures his vision perfectly. From the steady-pumping "Vampiros" to the Fabio-inspired "Far Away," Juju touches on all corners of his sound. "Silencio" takes it down that dark, growling road before the thugged-out remix of Red Army's "Salty Dub" proves to be the perfect knockout punch. Read more » 

Russ Gabriel Into the Unknown

Label: Out of the Loop

Techno veteran Russ Gabriel (who directed his Ferox label for eight years) has been venturing into the nu-jazz world for some time now, most notably with recent singles on the consistent Out of the Loop imprint, which offers up this superb change of direction. Much like contemporary Ian O'Brien, Gabriel explores jazz-fusion in a dance context soaked in live instrumentation, as on tracks like "Patience," a garage burner with syncopated percussion, steady horns and Corinna Joseph's Beth Gibbons-esque croon. Read more » 

Supremeex Koyaanisqatsi

Label: Arrakis

SupremeEx, the producer behind 2000's impressive "Projecto: 2501" EP, now comes with an interesting and well-developed 7-inch. The A-side, "640 Caravans Making Right Turns, " (no, I don't get the title either) is the sleepier of the two, though the underlying thumping drums keep it from getting stale. The flip, "Angelic Groove," continues the A-side's loop-stacking theme, but colors the atmosphere more than creates nifty polyrhythms. Nice. Read more » 

Various Artists Seasonal Greetings

Label: Mobile

So what does a seasonal compilation sound like coming from a place where the winter holidays aren't garish displays of commercialism? Read more » 

Subthunk Just a Few Notes Before You Go

Label: Ureneely

Say it a few times. "Subthunk." Roll it around a little; try stretching out one of the syllables. "Suuuuubthunk." Make it sound like a food, or make it more onomatopoeic, like an upended bowl of spaghetti hitting the floor. It's a great name, at once sensual and evocative while completely lacking actual meaning. Subthunk is a quartet comprised of curiously fictional-sounding fellows like Ant and Pharaoh, who make hyperactive keyboard-led instrumentals with drums and guitar synth making guest appearances and a nasty, slappy funk bass under everything. Read more » 

Sarah Peebles Insect Groove

Label: Cycling '74

Sarah Peebles conflates the naturally pristine with the artificially destructive in an experimental album of unsettling beauty. Insect Grooves utilizes the innovative Cycling '74 Max patches to create real-time loop-based performances featuring East Asian instrumentation and samples of flora, fauna and mechanical whirs. Read more » 

Various Artists Multiplex: Mixt

Label: Senton

Remix compilations can be like pro sports, with the field crowded with wannabe superstars all trying to outdo each other and win a big contract in the process. Mixt, a collection of remixes of the duo Multiplex, deftly dodges the showmanship problem by handing a superb group of remixers an equally superb set of tracks and letting them run wild, so that everyone scores big. Russian duo EU fashion a gorgeous version of "Neuteq," with buzzes and hums hanging suspended, and a rhythmic dripping effect wandering around catching the beat. Read more » 

Swollen Members Monster in the Closet

Label: Battle Axe

Rocksteady affiliates Swollen Members side-stepped the spotlight by moving to Canada and deciding to go with their own label. Yet, they still ended up the hottest MCs in the land of white tanks. Now the members are set to trample the US with this collection of singles, rare tracks and B-sides. Retrospective albums are usually wildly uneven, but these songs just move. A few of the R&B numbers on here aren't my cup of tea, but the collaborations with DJ Vadim and Nelly Furtado are refreshing breaks in the harsh world of the Members' paramilitary dreams. Read more » 

Moving Fusion Start of Something

Label: Ram

Ram Recordings protégés Moving Fusion have done well carving their own little niche on the d & b scene. An album, of course, is usually the real test of a producer's capability, though with the era of "concept" drum & bass LPs pretty much over (thank god), artists are more likely to come up with a collection of twelves than anything overly sprawling. Start Of Something is exactly that-a series of tight, bass-quaking rollers that range from full-on terror banquets to steel-drum feasts and Latino mini-snacks. Accomplished and straight to the point. Read more » 

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