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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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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys, with a butt that won't quit.


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