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Shobaleader One is a new project fronted by Squarepusher, and includes other anonymous members. Wielding plenty of vocoders and Squarepusher’s signature funky bass guitar, this release also adds elements of electro, and IDM. The music embraces a lazy, retro feel with minimal, downtempo drum patterns and sharp, syncopated synths, yet reminiscent of “Just a Souvenir.” Cool melodies move sweetly with a lot of funk and jazz backing from the guitars in the tracks “Into the Blue” and “Frisco Waves” while harmonized, vocoded vocals add depth and fluidity. Anybody listening to this album may immediately think Daft Punk, but Tom Jenkinson’s jazzy influences and relaxed feel would strike any listener as something unique.

“Megazine” sums up the album quite well with the focus being upbeat, catchy and danceable. The album sets one particular mood and sticks with it. In that respect it can also be considered more minimalist; the sounds and instrumentation are generally kept the same and plod along lazily from one track to the next, it actually makes for a really great album to drive to.

There’s not a whole lot to report about this album, but I highly recommend listening to this one if you happen to like any of Squarepusher’s other releases. You shouldn’t be disappointed.

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Syntheme popped onto the Planet µ roster back in 2007, amid a wee bit of controversy. At first, people thought it was yet another Richard D. James side project. Then people thought it was Luke Vibert. Then Syntheme started playing shows and turned out to be a lass from Brighton named Lou Wood. Now there are some strong hints that it’s actually been Global Goon all along. But when it comes down to it, what does it matter? It’s the music that matters. And this is some good music!

Lasers ‘n’ Shit is straight-up acid with no apologies. Four on the floor pumped through an 808? Check. 303 bassline with a metric crapload of knob-twiddling? Check. One might think that would get old, but the songs don’t overstay their welcome. Most of them clock in at around 3 minutes. Then you move on to the next. It works fabulously.

From the comparatively sedate opening track, “Mimtro” to the intense disco fetishism of “Red,” to the dark, dreamy, and almost Teutonic “Mexicone,” the only word to describe this album is bangin’. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to take off your shirt, start downing pills like they’re M&M’s, and dance until you die of dehydration. No lie.

Given the sheer amount of skill involved, it’s a shame that  Lasers ‘n’ Shit doesn’t veer in other directions. On the other hand, it’s absolutely amazing as it is. If you like acid house/electro/doof doof/whatever, you will love this album. If you don’t, you’ll love this album. I fall firmly into the latter category and haven’t been able to turn this shit off all day.

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Tipper’s “Holding Pattern” simply overflows with juicy rhythms and deep bass lines. The album has a strong focus on syncopation, and lots of swing. The rhythms are generally crisp, upbeat, while the basses are more dirty sounding, but simple. The melodies are mostly composed of one-shot synths that pack a surprising punch, along with warped sound effects that add a more spacey, out-of-this-world feeling.

“Tug of War” indeed is full of flare; toying with IDM, and acid elements it (as does the rest of the album) seems to transcend the boundary of breakbeat alone. Other tracks such as “End of Make Believe” delve into a more relaxing sense with beautiful, mellow keyboard synths, and a minimal pad in the background to hold a harmony in place while a running breakbeat pattern goes alongside.

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Aril Brikha makes minimalist techno music with strong hints from the electro scene. He’s got several 12 inchers out as well as one absolutely wonderful full length album entitled Deeparture in Time out released in the year 2000 on Transmat.

Released on Kompakt in 2007, the A side features the strongest song (“Winter”), while the B side is slightly less melodic, but picks up quite a bit by the end. Icy cool tunes; thoroughly enjoyable.

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“Color Strip” is the first full album from innovative IDM artist Jimmy Edgar, and his first with Warp Records. Not only being in the music business, Edgar also owns his own photography firm. His abstract creativity is prevalent not only visually, but aurally as heard in this album. “Color Strip” explores IDM and glitch like I’ve never quite heard before; taking trip forward in time to a futuristic electro night club in Detroit, however the synth samples add a retro-style vibe. Chopped vocals and synths adorn the minimalist rhythms, and Jimmy’s own vocals are featured on various tracks. Edgar’s new take on IDM incorporates groovy rhythms and cold, stabbing synth samples.

His music is not only fresh, but extremely catchy. The melodies are minimal; hardly evolving, if not static and only repeated. However this does not in any way take away from the musical appeal. It retains its appeal through the quality of mixing and samples used, and the overall arrangement of the tracks. As stated before this album is quite innovative and I highly recommend this album to all fans of IDM and glitch.

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