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Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Below, not beneath

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

In a world after Juan Atkins does a Ford commercial, the search for imaginative, experimental electronic music can become so much fodder for cynics. Luckily, for the practical dreamers, there is BelowTheSurface, an album of underground producers who, as the liner notes succinctly state, are “dedicated to unity and...

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Stuttered style

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Missy Elliott has always gotten by on skillz rather than sex appeal, so it’s a bit of a surprise her new album is front-loaded with R-rated stuff, getting its rocks off early with a string of risqué tunes culminating in the mondo bizarro “Get Ur Freak On.” Missy knows...

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Seminal moments

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

So you’re driving with your wife, reminding her that the young woman on the CD you’re hearing and the one who had the best song on the Shaft soundtrack, are the same person. She’s got a very sexy rasp in her voice and her music is pretty imaginative, for...

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Moondance

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

At this point, I’m pretty much convinced that Ida could do nothing that would disappoint me. The New York three-piece (sometimes using four, five or more pieces) has added another exquisitely morose release to its discography of hazy gorgeous reflection. The Braille Night is the fraternal twin of last...

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Gospel groove

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

If your priest whipped out a Stratocaster and started wailing, this is how you’d feel, the same way you feel listening to The Word. The pews are shaking, the crucifixes are rattling on the walls, the holy water is sloshing, you are sweating in your itchy church clothes. You...

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Where’s the treat?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Tricky made a grand entrance in 1995 with Maxinquaye, a combo of shadowy electro sound scapes and seductive vocals (courtesy of his collaborator Martine) that left scores of imitators in its wake. Five albums later, the 36-year-old Brit is touting Blowback as the “real” follow-up to his debut; all...

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Floyidan slip?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

When last we heard from our gallant Parisian producers Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin (aka Air) they were plying the waters in the channel between soft-focus downer pop and eclectic, atmospheric electro experimentalism in the service of Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides soundtrack. Those are dangerous waters and, to their...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Here we puff again

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Give Redman credit for knowing how to stick with a formula. When you purchase a Redman CD, you know which characters are waiting in the wings: Reggie Noble, Funk Docta Spock, Dr. Trevis, Uncle Quilly, Supaman Luva, a host of new “chickenhead” skits, new jokes, the latest slang, a...

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Coffee shop sidestep

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Forget ’N Sync; Rufus Wainwright is the true yin to the yang of rap-rock bullies and nu-metalheads. His pop is as fangless as anything you’ll hear this summer, lush in spots, pretty in others, avoiding Limp Bizkit-isms like Radiohead avoids guitars. For all of their unrockin’ wimpiness, the songs on...

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Mania remixed

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

For those unfamiliar with Tuxedomoon, artsy-lefty-deconstructionist-classicists who 20 years ago declared a Reagan-governed America unlivable and fled to live and work in Europe, this EP of originals and remixes is the ideal starting point. Steven Brown, Peter Principle, Blaine Reininger and Winston Tong made up one of the most...

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