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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
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Anti-Pop Consortium

The tribe pinnacle Anti-Pop Consortium are underground hip-hop's most hallowed and hyped, feeling the love from Warp's wallet while other beyond-qualified cats like Cannibal Ox and Aesop Rock have to keep making like labor daysing Donna Summers. The Tragic Epilogue, the APC's first longplaying outing, was a fucking hip-hop monument in the two-triple-o; and now with endorsement coming from the home of Vincent Gallo, and with alla those Brit-issued ad-hoc glossy-paged dead-tree denizens of anticipated cool surely telling the kids hip-hop don't scale no higher heights than this, the cats come back with Arrhythmia, their self-conscious study of costume-draped intergalactic hip-hop, high on the lined white and strung out along strung lines of "artistic" designs. Their debut was a triumph of tightly rhyming, verbose vocalism, Priest and Beans being card-carrying members of the proudly poetic Nuyorican clique. This time around fifth-Beatle-with-the-mad-beats Earl Blaize has gone to town with the abstract-electro-isms, leaving the vocalists humbly mumbling abstracted verses as asides and shouting those silly Anti-Pop anthems when the time is right ("We Kill Soap Scum" the latest motto in that show-no-teeth style), while the E-Blaize regurgitates the Warp back-cat he got sent upon the dotted line being signed, jostling hip-hop's flippers so hard the whole thing comes close to tilting. And the consorshum know that to masturbate is to create, and Arrhythmia's arrhythmic self-referential parlance must've given them tired wrists. Beans and Priest and M.Sayyid speak in a language whose streamed self-conscious sub-consciousness is equal parts pretension and contention, fondly remembering a back-in-the-day before MC was a dirty word whilst thinking only of the future hip-hop they're med-fed making. The buzzed jolts coming from Blaize's beat-making mischief are like zaps to the temples of old-skool's sealed-up mausoleum, and the buzz-and-hum beats come like convulsed spasms of electroshock, the Anti-Pop Consortium hoping to keep one foot in rap traditionalism while trying to drag hip-hop into some sci-fi future. While this is admirable, invariably you kinda hope they'd make like Saul Williams or Radioinactive or Clouddead and just leave earthly concerns behind. But Arrhythmia is not the work of cosmic dreamers, it's made specifically for this atmosphere here, and breathes in the self-generating hot air it billows like a vicious cycle of self-consumption. APC don't float in no gravity-free dreams, they're here and now in the wonderful-world-of-me, and fueled by this solipsistic self-belief, they strap the whole of hip-hop to their broad backs, looking to lug it into a future-music musical future. Now, how do you rate this weight that they carry?

by Anthony Carew

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