Don Shtone Beware of the Cat

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German artist Sven Dohse has recorded a full-length under his Don Shtone moniker before, but it’s on this sophomore full-length that the project comes untethered–in the best of ways. Assembling spare techno beats with snippets of retro jazz, Dohse has made a funny little album, idiosyncratic and whimsical but not twee. He’s willing to follow an idea wherever it goes, in some cases more successfully (“Am I Blue”) than others (“Miracles”). The album sometimes tries for a grandiosity it never achieves, but the pops and crackles fizzing beneath meandering jazz samples give it energy nonetheless. When Sonny Rollins gets the urge for techno, he might reach for something like this.