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Music, Australia's Gotye on Taking His Offbeat Pop to the Top of the U.S. Charts

Australia's Gotye on Taking His Offbeat Pop to the Top of the U.S. Charts

Wouter "Wally" de Backer is just your average Aussie with a left-field smash hit currently residing on the Billboard singles chart somewhere near Adele and Nicki Minaj. The 31-year-old's fourth album, Making Mirrors, has been out for over a year…
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Music, BeatBox Joachim Garraud

Joachim Garraud

French dance music has a rep for being a bit fey. But DJ and producer Joachim Garraud's guttural bass and propulsive beats sound decidedly macho. His songs "The Computer" and "Street Sound" are harder, better, faster, and stronger than much…
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Music, Reviewed Moby

Moby

Moby's latest release is a return to the dancefloor that birthed him. This is especially true of the tracks that smack of his early-'90s compositions — "Everyday It's 1989" and "The Stars" resemble his rave anthems "Feeling So Real" and…
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Music, Reviewed Ulrich Schnauss

Ulrich Schnauss

Ulrich Schnauss' Goodbye sucks like the last three Star Wars sucked. Not because it — or they — suck suck, but huge CGI battles and technical stunning have replaced recognizable characters and coherent story lines in the name of progress.…
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Music, BeatBox Q-Tip and Trentemoller

Q-Tip and Trentemoller

Call off the genre holy wars — Anders Trentemøller preaches an electronic gospel that even the far-flung tribes of Technopolis can agree upon. The Danish producer's albums (like the haunting Last Resort) flow between misty ambience and dusky dub melancholia,…
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Music, OK Then

Nobody Listens to Techno

"And Moby, you can get stomped by Obie/ You 36-year-old baldheaded fag, blow me/ You don't know me, you're too old, it's over, let go/ Nobody listens to techno!" Eminem's pronouncement on 2002's "Without Me" is both correct and incorrect.…
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Music, Reviewed Moby

Moby

Moby is far too wealthy to care about credibility in the dance-music world he left behind after 1996's ill-conceived rock album Animal Rights and the megasuccess of 1999's Play. Dissed as a crass merchant of bogus blues, soul, and gospel…
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Music, Reviewed Sandra Collins

Sandra Collins

Perfecto Presents ... Sandra Collins is the first offering from the eye-catching DJ since she signed with superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto label, and her first release in 2 1/2 years. Recorded at a time when Collins had rediscovered her…
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Music, Reviewed Plastikman

Plastikman

Ever since blowing people away in '93 with the infamous Sheet One, longtime techno iconoclast Richie Hawtin, aka Plastikman, has influenced countless DJs and electronica aesthetes with his spare electronic textures made from the barest whisper of synthesizers, acid bass-lines,…
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Hear This

Lacking the bombast of rock 'n' roll, electronic dance music has few bad boys. It does, however, have more than its share of pranksters, thanks in part to the relentlessly irreverent antics of Richard D. James, aka Aphex Twin. In…
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Various Artists

Various Artists Machine Soul: An Odyssey into Electronic Dance Music (Rhino) Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music (Ellipsis Arts) The early negative reviews of Rhino's Machine Soul -- which boil down to "been there, done that" -- have a…
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The House of Tudor

Named for a white abolitionist who died during the late 19th century, John Brown's Body is a predominantly white septet singing about liberation. Of course, an empathetic paradigm does not make a band worth mentioning -- and it's rare that…
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The House of Tudor

When examining Moby's discography, dismiss the guitar-primed Animal Rights, which the roguish dance prince admits was a spit in the eye of close-minded clubbers. Instead, focus on the peerless techno hit-parade Everything Is Wrong, and the ambient dreamscape optimistically dubbed…
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Recordings

Starfish Frustrated (Trance Syndicate) Frustrated, by Austin hardcore/post-punk/ditty-pop range finders Starfish, offers a preponderance of great tracks and flaunts many of the finest features of indie rock. On the other hand, it's also burdened by one of the more stubborn,…
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The Rhythm of Language

TVT Records' affable Adam Shore recently broke new publicity terrain with an amusing epistle that was equal parts critical theory, pep rally, and Machiavellian guilt trip. On stationery earmarked "from the ramblin' mind of Adam Shore," a letter eventually touting…
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Albums

1. P J Harvey, To Bring You My Love (Island) (See essay.) 2. Tricky, Maxinquaye (Island) (See essay.) 3. The Roots, Do You Want More?!!!??! (DGC): Aceyalone had the flows, but the Roots had the music -- and all the…
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Night Crawler

Lying prone in the middle of the dressing-room floor, arms and legs raised slightly, pale bald head shining, Moby looked more like a turtle stuck on its back than a techno guru. But this curious routine is how he prepares…
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God in the Machine

"I Say a Little Prayer." When Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote that sunny little ditty for Dionne Warwick back in 1967, they hit on a simple truth: Listening to pop can be like praying. Spirit in sound form, music…
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