First up is the releasefrom Dat Politics titled 'Tracto Flirt' which uses glitches, pulses andbeats as the tools to bring the rather anthemic melodies across.
No titles, just times listed in this tasty electro pop(and click) collection. Dat Politics features members of Tone Rec andthis CD release is a reissue of the LP-only version that came out ontheir own Ski-PP label.
Nextup, Baltimore-based 18 yr old Rjyan Kidwell releases his first fulllengther as Cex, aptly titled 'Role Model.' Kidwell's style is bumpyand groovy with charming melodies taking center stage. It might be hisfirst full-lengther, but it's hardly an amateur production. Kidwell'smastery of machinery and understanding of melodic elements andinstrumental balance are far superior to most cats twice his age. Thedisc never gets tedious, predictable and is always enjoyable. Kudos,Rjyan, you're my role model.
Finally, the release from Medicine frontman Brad Laner and his jumpinto the laptop musician scene with his full-lengther as ElectricCompany titled "Exitos." Laner's motives explore the deeper, moresubliminial spectrum of electro glitch. He demonstrates that a minimalnumber of instrument sounds results in the magnified importance of eachsound as an individual element. Lost? Well, listen to this on a big setof speakers and you'll understand my point. The style on whole seems tochange rather erratically between each song, as if this was acollection of pieces almost thrown together, but every bit has placehere on the 60+ minute long gem. Perhaps he's been listening to thelikes of Mouse on Mars, Kim Cascone and Ryoji Ikeda and found his ownway to create things he likes in each.