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Various Artists Shut Up and Dance! Updated

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You might think a collaboration between the Berlin Staatsballet and the same city's Berghain techno club would result in something friction-filled or incongruous but Shut Up and Dance! isn't so crassly contrary. The invitation to Luciano, nsi., Sleeparchive, âme, and the 7th Plain (a.k.a. Luke Slater) to score a ballet production to be premiered at the latter's near-legendary venue has produced a curiously agreeable suite of four tracks that are variously playful, emotive, austere, and tranquil. Working well in sequence, they highlight, more than anything, that techno is readily at ease in numerous contexts.