Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Consumer Guide by Review Date: 2013-02-19

2013-02-19

Dobie: We Will Not Harm You (Ninja Tune, 2013) Subtler, which for those of us who seek cheap thrills from our let's-call-it-techno seldom means better ("Magenta," "Snap, Crackle & Pop") ***

Fatboy Slim: Big Beach Bootique Volume V (The End, 2013) Live beats as exciting as their hype men, who can be pretty exciting or, too often, altogether silent ("Clubs," "Get Naked [Fatboy Slim vs Futuristic Polar Bears Remix]") *

Flying Lotus: Pattern + Grid World (Warp EP, 2010) Notes for an aural jigsaw puzzle ("Pie Face," "Clay") **

Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes (Warp, 2012) Achieves the sopranos-and-tinkle phase of sophisticated aural pansensuality ("Until the Quiet Comes," "Sultan's Request") *

Maga Do: Quilombo Do Futuro (Crosstalk/Postworld, 2012) Brazil's great internationalist beatmaker it's said, and I can hear that, but note that his two grooviest tracks feature the same girl from Ipanema ("Eu Vim De Longe," "No Balanca Da Canoa") *

My Bloody Valentine: mbv (mybloodyvalentine.org, 2013) And the dearth was without form and droid, and texture was upon the bass of the beat ("New You," "In Another Way") **

Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (Constellation, 2011) As with most new-prog succes d'estimes, these bari-sax patternings avec Laurie Anderson cameos are more original than compelling, but they're also more compelling than most ("The Stars in His Head [Dark Lights Remix]," "Red Horses [Judges II]") ***

3:33: In the Middle of Infinity (Parallel Thought, 2012) "Finding themselves lost in unknown territory, the group eventually discovers the existence of what they describe as 'spirals'--portals leading to different worlds within . . ." ("ITMOI-3," "ITMOI-5") ***

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