Various Artists Clicks & Cuts 4

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After flirting with bankruptcy, Mille Plateaux Media returns with more tantalizing lab experiments. Clicks & Cuts 4 features 16 tracks by C&C standbys and interesting newcomers. Slightly more than half the disc consists of dance tracks (by Frank Elting, Eight Frozen Modules, Ultra-Red, Hakan Lidbo, Ido Gouvrin); the producers set up obstacles for themselves so things don‘t flow too smoothly, creating fascinating friction that enlivens ye olde 4/4. The other half of the album contains mostly involving, eerie headphone ambience that elaborates on the C&C template, with Tilman Ehrhorn and Twerk bringing in some welcome jazz spice. This is a big improvement over 2002‘s Clicks & Cuts 3.