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  • Controlled Developments [Astralwerks, 1997] ***
  • Exorcise the Demons [Astralwerks, 1999] A-

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Controlled Developments [Astralwerks, 1997]
they can score my horror movie anytime ("Two Masks," "Call & Response") ***

Exorcise the Demons [Astralwerks, 1999]
I make no pretense to caring what the junglists think they're up to at this late date. But maybe my fellow dabblers will enjoy this particular U.K. concoction. You will hear: beats developed in perceptible patterns, prudently minimalist middle registers, fun vrooms and slams as musical content. You will not hear strings, jazz, extreme lassitude, the ocean's murky depths, continental drift, and Conlon Nancarrow homages. Light instrumental music at its diverting best--which is just good enough. A-