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Various Artists Fabriclive: John Peel

It's a CD. It's also a tombstone. A tombstone, rapturously signifying the utter, total, complete death of the DJ mix album. They're done. All the good ones have been made; don't buy any more.… Read more »

Various Artists Rewind 2

An album of cover songs is only successful if it does more than stimulate nostalgia for the originals. Like its predecessor, Rewind 2 works well up against this standard, providing versions that are satisfying on their own.… Read more »

Hint Portkabin Fever

Sussex's Hint-a.k.a. Jonathan James-gets well pastoral on his debut album, mixing up lazy breaks with porch-appropriate guitars (including some slide action that wouldn't sound out of place on a Lambchop record) and chirpy, naïve harmonies.… Read more »

Axiom Reconstructions & Vexations

The latest offering from Bill Laswell's Axiom label offers a variety of mashed up reinterpretations of the two Tabla Beat Science albums and Radioaxiom: A Dub Translation.… Read more »

Various Artists Fabriclive: Radioactive Man

Keith Tenniswood's credits as an engineer and producer are numerous. Though he's best known for his 2 Lone Swordsmen partnership with Andrew Weatherall, his Radioactive Man project is gaining international momentum.… Read more »

Various Artists The Fire This Time

Here's a relative anomaly for electronic music-a compilation with both a conscience and a detailed tale to tell. The future fate of the Iraqi people is a troubling subject that gets swept under the rug in the mass media.… Read more »

Various Artists Uprising

From the looks of things, drum & bass is enjoying something of a resurgence. Crews like New York's Mathematics have injected what looked to be a stagnant genre with healthy doses of house-inflected melody and sexiness.… Read more »

L'ombre Medicine for the Meaningless

Formerly an industrial noise label, Ant-Zen continues to push its reputation into new territories with artists like David Thrussell (a.k.a. Snog), Squaremeter (the erstwhile German terror junglist Panacea), and now L'ombre.… Read more »

Tosca Dehli 9

Tosca (Viennese producers Rupert Huber and Richard Dorfmeister) have been inducing quality buzzes in downtempo fans since their 1997 debut, Opera.… Read more »

Fragment Orchestra Fragment Orchestra

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.… Read more »

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