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Wednesday, Feb 15 2012

He got his start producing icily aggressive gangsta rap beats for Harlem's Dipset crew, but AraabMuzik — the stage moniker of Rhode Island native Abraham Orellana — is pioneering a new flavor of moody electronica. As numerous online videos prove, Orellana is a virtuoso of the MPC, a drum machine-like tool he uses to slice up song samples into their individual elements, then hammer them manually into new textures with face-melting speed and precision. On last year's solo debut, Electronic Dream, Orellana took cheesy house tunes, dismantled them, and spun the remnants into palaces of dread — funky but foreboding, not danceable yet totally engrossing on their own.

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