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Consumer Guide by Review Date: 2013-07-12


Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Columbia, 2013) The Black Eyed Peas they ain't ("Lose Yourself to Dance," "Get Lucky") *

Disclosure: Settle (Cherrytree/Interscope, 2013) The Lawrence brothers are the form, their all too varied samples and cameos the content--which never again rises to the standard of the Eric Thomas (??) bit that opens ("When a Fire Starts to Burn," "Stimulation") *

DJ Koze: Amygdala (Pampa, 2013) German collagist claims Sgt. Pepper, provides magical mystery tour ("Marilyn Whirlwind," "Homesick") ***

Foals: Tapes (!K7, 2012) Dully danceable Britpoppers sound better cherry-picking other people's weirdness than showcasing their own competence (Condry Ziqubu, "Confusion [Ma Afrika]"; Marshall Jefferson Vs. Noosa Head, "Mushrooms [Justin Martin Remix]"; Tony Allen, "Kilode [Carl Craig Remix]") ***

Frikstailers: En Son De Paz (ZZK/Waxploitation, 2013) Buenos Aires freakstylers claim cumbia and baile, retain temperate-zone electrocool ("Mueve La Cuchi," "Los Originarios") ***

Major Lazer: Free the Universe (Secretly Canadian, 2013) Accused dancehall wannabe Diplo proves unequal to that worthy quest ("Get Free," "Scare Me") **

Fac. Dance 02: 12" Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987 (Strut, 2012) Amid the self-important proto-acid house and -EDR aridity and obscurity, trance-worthy grooves, gripping weirdness, and the occasional diamond (Fadela, "N'Sel Fik"; 52nd Street, "Can't Afford [Unorganised Mix]"; Section 25, "Knew Noise"; Kalima, "Land of Dreams") *

Future Sounds of Buenos Aires (ZZK/Waxploitation, 2012) Quite a little pan-Latin electro scene they have going down in Cosmopolis (Frikstailers, "Guacha"; La Yegros, "Viene de Mi"; Fauna, "Hongo x Hongo") **

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