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Soul Center

General Eclectics

(Shitkatapult; US: 14 Sep 2010; UK: 11 Sep 2010)

A byway of funky techno, Soul Center’s General Eclectics misses a few beats and canters hook-less through its assortment of dance-floor tunes. Most of the tracks rely predictably on the repetitious and, while there are few serious criticisms that can be made of General Eclectics’ respectable attempt at doing what it does, one might suggest lack of development as a notable flaw. The work falls on the more experimental side of Thomas Brinkmann, the real name behind the Soul Center alias. On “Pig Peg”, his hi-tech funk struts, summons Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and rabbles with the weird tech flavors sometimes served up by Simian Mobile Disco. It’s an eclectic collection, yes. Seldom does it progress, but certainly it moves.

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Jason Cook is a writer from Cleveland, Ohio. After a slew of existential crises, he adventured throughout New England and became a Master of Fine Arts in fiction. He's now reviewing music for PopMatters, The Quietus, and Resident Advisor, and writing/editing Call of Cthulhu books for Chaosium.


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