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Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Boundary benders

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Groove Collective is exactly what it professes to be — a musical mutant, refusing to conform to any single genre or style. The group’s statement of purpose dictates, “From this point on, there will be no more barriers, no more forced separations between musical styles, cultures or social classes,...

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Feeling subservient

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Following closely in the footsteps of London’s (and Detroit’s) beloved Carl Cox, Montreal’s Misstress Barbara, the reigning queen of hard techno antes up with a solid studio mix on a label that was once associated with churning out countless boring electronica compilations. Taking a turn for the much better,...

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Wednesday, February 14, 2001

Listening party

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Sometimes it’s rough out there for underground hip-hop fans in Detroit. Despite all the up-and-coming talent emanating from Michigan, there are too few radio, video and club outlets to hear the newest and freshest independent, non-jiggy artists. And with seemingly everyone and their mother starting a record label and...

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Jah funk

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Let me confess up front that I’m not exactly the local expert when it comes to reggae music, but I do know great music when I hear it. I don’t care what category a band is placed under; it’s readily apparent if they know what they’re doing or not....

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Rock soup

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2001 at 12:00 AM

In a large mixing bowl, pour half a sloppy cup of garage-rock swagger and add arty D.C. after-rock to taste. Then, what the hell — throw in some mod denim pop for additional sweetness. It’s almost as if the French Kicks researched their latest EP, Young Lawyer, by kickin’...

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Haunted pop dreams

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2001 at 12:00 AM

“Songs to listen to at night” is how Stars’ Torquil Campbell matter-of-factly describes Nightsongs. And while his band’s aptly titled full-length debut is undoubtedly intended for late-night listening, his is still a somewhat misleading statement. It’s important to mention, for instance, that if your nocturnal proclivities are of the...

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Wednesday, February 7, 2001

Bach-bop

Posted By on Wed, Feb 7, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Late in his life, the Italian novelist Italo Calvino described the essence of his craft as “the subtraction of weight.” “I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all, I have tried to remove weight from the structures of stories...

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Sermon or mammon?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 7, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Master Nuyorican producer Little Louis Vega and Subliminal Records label head Erick Morillo have decided to hock their DJ skills on the double CD House Nation: America, only the second domestic release from Ministry of Sound, Britain’s marquee superclub and lifestyle dance label. As half the house duo Masters...

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Mistakes were made

Posted By on Wed, Feb 7, 2001 at 12:00 AM

I put on the CD and relaxed only to sit up panicked within seconds. Matthew Herbert (aka Wishmountain, Herbert, Radio Boy, Doctor Rockit) had just dropped a record by Lost Weight, which sampled the sound of my alarm clock. I got over the initial shock and since then, Herbert...

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Sharp punch lines

Posted By on Wed, Feb 7, 2001 at 12:00 AM

In the grand scheme of things, Mouse on Mars is probably one of the most important musical outfits to which you should turn your cerebral attention. Amid all the clutter and confusion of our world of sound, the duo has somehow, some way managed to consistently create accurate sound...

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