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  • As Is [Asphodel, 1997] A-
  • Square Root of Negative One [Asphodel, 1999] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

As Is [Asphodel, 1997]
Attentive repose their prerequisite, ambient and jungle their coordinates, these heady New York futurists construct tracks from just two or three elements--always a keyb riff/figure/drone/moo, decked out with drum 'n' bass speedbeat, slurping electrosuck, old-fashioned stereo phasing, bird tweets, even the occasional human voice. Making up for flavorless stretches like the well-named "Dyed Camel Skins," the decorations gather mystery with rhythmwise repetition. Sit back and enjoy a cool one. A-

Square Root of Negative One [Asphodel, 1999]
sounds from the dark side ("Diablos," "Gaya's Kids") *