Of late. the Singles and downloads review has been driven more towards the indie scene. understandable perhaps, given the lack of creativity in dance music lately. But while all this 'real band' resurgence has been gOing on, electronic music has found itself a new lease of life.

A good starting point is Jamie Lidell's ‘Little Bit of Feel Good' (Warp) 00.0 the first single from his immminent album. Jim, a stand-out piece of future soul co-produced by Berlin's Mocky, with a nod towards the label's electronic roots. There's more psychedelic soul on the new remix package from Pattie Bllngh’s (aka Stones Throw artist Georgia Anne Muldrow) Saga/a album. The mixes come from The Hague's dubstep man 2562 and LA-based Flying Lotus associate Samiyam. both cutting up soul vocals and electronics to great effect (Ramp) 0000

For any of you following progress in the world of dubstep. you'll be sure to know of Kode 9 a. Spaceape. Following on from a string of inspiring releases. watch out for the up and coming ‘Konfusion' 10in (Hyperdub) 0000.. an astonishing piece of dancefloor dub. Also, look out for ‘Trust Nobody“ (Tempa) 000 , a killer new cut from SP, with super dark, half step rhythms.

Similalrly conmpulsive is the new track from Hellocentrics, “Distant Star' (Now Again) 0000 which features Percee P and MF DOOM which is half throwback hip hop rawness. half psyched-out oddity.

In terms of high profile projects. there’s the remix series from Thom Yorke's 2007 solo album Eraser. Previous mixes from Burial, Modeselektor. The Bug. Surgeon and The Field have all scored high. The latest offering doesn't scrimp either, with mixes of ‘Atoms for Peace' (XL Recordings) .00 coming from Four Tet and Cristian Vogel. Well worth a listen.

Finally. on a purist tip there‘s the Anniversary EP (MMM 8. Soundhack) 00000 the first release since 2000 by two of Berlin's true electronic geniuses Erik Wiegand and Fiedel aka MMM 8. Soundhack. Processed electronics. fusing Italio. electro and techno. Also worth a listen is the Astro Hard-Bop EP. another crazed production from s-Max/FYM (Boogizm) O” . German minimalism at its very best. (Steve Glencross)


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After first encountering this New York outfit making their TV debut on The / ette/man Show wearing long black capes and romping though their breakthrough tune ‘Time to Pretend, MGMT have only gone up even further in our estimation With this curious and endearing debut offering.

The overriding ‘.’|I)(} is of some lll‘,f3il(fi£li. DIY interstellar expedition. 'Electric Feel' is the Scissor Sisters' own ntethadoned—up Bee Gees homage. while 'Kids' is a barbaric electropop stomp where Donna Summer and The Flaming Lips gleefully show off their mutant. (IOHJOIHCU robot babies. Some of these unearthly spells don't fully cohere. exposing some tenuous songwriting at the roots. but MGMT seem to be tocussed about putting on a show currently. and ti‘ankfull‘, ‘.‘.ie‘re all lll‘ ilvlark Rcbertsoni


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The newest, street-level incarnation of London's underground R&B fixation is Wider acknowledged as

b; ssline. Thus the plucky pups at Gut are either lagging behind the pack or mopping up the last smears of grime on this compilation of self; proclaimed ‘sickest sounds from the urban underground,

The content smacks of the la/y and the derivative With comically poor, if well-meaning raps laid over pitched up, saccharine soul samples. The rolling out of cliche after cliche suggests there's a bloody good reason why British urban music rarely permeates beyond the familiar local hotspots. Whether sOunding the death knell or blazing the crop. this is still poor.

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