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Panjabi Hit Squad Desi Beats

You may have noticed Indian music seeping into hip-hop and dancehall recently. On this rockin‘ bhangra record, familiar riffs by Timbaland (“Ugly”), Neptunes (“Pass The Courvoisier&#…

Various Artists The Dollar Hip-Hop Show

Too $hort may have put Oakland rap on the map, but there’s another side of the city’s hip-hop that’s more about stoned Sunday night ciphers and smoky, jazz-tinged boom-bap than 808 b…

Dave AJU The Unerdoctor EP

Opening with a solid, steady rhythmic march, San Francisco’s Dave Aju takes minimal techno in hand and bumps it up a notch. The A-side keeps a straight four-on-the-floor pulsating with the perfe…

Sa Smash Illy

Straight out of Columbus, OH, Def Jux’s newest duo Camutao and Metro will change the conventional attitude about Def Jux. SA Smash are the kids who you might have got jacked by and then they wer…

Zip Dimbiman

If you are into minimal techno, you know Perlon. The saga continues with the label’s 33rd release by Zip-a funky, clicky, groove thang replete with dissonant chord pulses. With his finger firmly…

Ricchie Hawtin Haardtrax Vol. III

For its 80th release, Plus 8 offers up the previously unreleased follow-up to the Hardtrax series from 1994. With this EP, Hawtin created a bleepy, deep, minimal four-tracker that still sounds fresh a…

Various Jack to the Future

There are certain obvious links between the past and the present: the road paved by the Rolling Stones for the Strokes is an obvious example. Then there’s the Duchamp-Warhol connection. Other as…

Vincent D.Moo EP

The first track on the b-side, “d.moo (2nd edition),” is a modernized glitch beatbox mix reminiscent of Kraftwerk’s “Boing Boom Tschak,” with some trippy piggy-snorting n…

Various Artists Universal Funk: Re:Done

Nine of Europe’s future-jazz luminaries get to grips with Universal Funk’s debut. Instead of releasing a remix album with a dozen (often pointless) re-takes of three or four prime cuts, Ap…

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