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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
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Slicker's latest album, along with Prefuse73's Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives (Warp), exemplifies a brand new take on genre, one that penetrates deep into the heart of a given form, Trojan Horse-style, only to obliterate it from within. Like his colleague Scott Herren (Prefuse73, Delarosa + Asora, Savath + Savalas), Slicker's John Hughes is aided in his task by advances in software-based composition, but his idiosyncratic approach to sound puts the computer back in its proper place as platform — not some icon perched upon a pedestal.

Hughes has had his hand in a slew of disparate projects, from the indie squall of Bill Ding to his recent soundtrack for Asia Argento's "Scarlet Diva," an amalgam of Morricone twang and John McIntire-assisted rock noir, to his duties running the eclectic Hefty imprint. But where previous efforts as Slicker demonstrated a sensibility only half-formed, The Latest shows Hughes fully in command of his capabilities. Adopting the onomatopoeic click-track of contemporary post-techno as lingua franca, he ventures out and brings back shards of dub, hip-hop, electro and, most compellingly, jazz, all of which ensure that his dialect encompasses ample camps.

Hefty's recent reissues of trombonist Phil Ranelin's astounding free-jazz records from the '70s resonate here in the deep, modal color of tracks like "Oper Huru," where horns bleed behind frazzled electronics like inky sky behind streetlight flare. An intriguing mix of registers complicates Slicker's sound to fascinating effect, as in "Hard Track," an unlikely merger of clipped Chicago house hi-hats, electro vocoders and ambient wash.

Hughes has obviously listened carefully to his heroes and peers — whether as samples or simply snippeted homage, echoes of Aphex Twin, Two Lone Swordsmen and Herbert can be heard in the laser percussion of "Ika Freaka," the static-charged electro of "7words" and the deep house wash of "FrustRache." Men-about-town Matmos even contribute to the fidgety "Swap Track," a fine addition to the burgeoning genre of long-distance collaborations. But The Latest is far more than a collection of influences: with its dry punch, its bassy impulse and its glancing take on light and color, the album yields a startlingly vivid description of Hughes' vision. It's a forceful argument borne inside a luscious container, by turns languid and austere, restrained and generous. It's a powerful reminder of the value of style — not as surface, but as signature.

by Philip Sherburne

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