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At the Dance

(Tru Thoughts; US: Unavailable; UK: 11 Dec 2007)

Since he burst on the scene in 2002, Jonathan James (I’ll give you a Hint about what his stage name is) has pumped out more EPs than most knob-twiddling producers crap out singles. And yet, the child-like wonder of his early work has not seen the lustre dull in the slightest over time. At The Dance sparkles with all the get-up funk and warped basslines hip-hop and downtempo can handle without becoming speed garage. “I, Silverfish” is glorious with a tubular dub-step beat, thin percussion (that adds to the track’s hollow feel), and more cowbell, all there supporting the socio-political rhymes of Zebra Traffic emcee Rup. The title track clearly shows why it’s the title track with some proto-acid kick-my-spine breaks that would sound right at home on a Luke Vibert record. Expect to hear this one a lot if you visit Brighton in the next year or so.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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