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Beak> "I Know"

It’s safe to say that the XLR8R office is full of unabashed Portishead fanboys and fangirls—we’ve still got Third in heavy rotation and we don’t think we’re alone. So when …

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Dälek Gutter Tactics

With its fluctuating sound, industrial-strength avant duo Dälek has often been hailed as an ambient group destined to change the face of hip-hop. Are they still the same genre-changing outfit? …

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Farmer’s Market Surfin’ USSR

While the Gypsy scene in the States has been steadily growing, Europe’s faction has been not-so-quietly exploding over the past decade. Finland’s Farmer’s Market is one such band, who takes …

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Dub Trio Another Sound Is Dying

With each new release, Dub Trio squelches dub closer to the vanishing point. Their 2004 live debut showcased the band’s ability to meld dub elements into hardcore punk and nu-metal; …

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Northern State Can I Keep This Pen?

Stereotypes quickly make the imagination dance on most people’s first listen to Northern State. These female rappers straight outta Dix Hills bare fangs like “I wish you well, what the …

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Dälek Abandoned Language

It’s not easy being the most innovative hip-hop crew on Earth, but Dälek is persevering with gusto. On their third album proper (ignoring a crucial collab with Faust), Abandoned Language, …

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Otto Von Schirach Maxipad Detention

Maybe it‘s safer to not ask what the noises of copulation, dogs, cows, babies, and a toy drummer gone thrash metal all mean on Otto Von Schirach’s “Submarine Mammal Milk.” …

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General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners General Patton Vs. The X-Ecutioners

What the hell does Mike Patton need the X-Men for? The former Faith No More/Mr. Bungle frontman exhales more ideas than the three DJs who crab-and flare scratch. Here, Rob …

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Kid 606 Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You

With his third LP, Kill Sound…, Miguel Depedro (alias Kid606) goes from laptop jock and mash-up impresario to bona fide culture recycler, skimming off the best ten seconds (and there …

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Yoshimi and Yuka Flower With No Color

Sure to be overlooked for its elegant subtlety, Cibo Matto-programmer Yuka Honda and Yoshimi P-We (Boredoms, OOIOO, Free Kitten) have created a minor ambient/improv masterpiece in Flower With No Color. …

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