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Somatic

The New Body

(Caipirinha)

Hyped primarily as a British export, drum ‘n’ bass is flourishing in the U.S., as evidenced by the new release by New York producer Hahn Rowe, a.k.a. Somatic, a veteran of 80s pop experimentalists Hugo Largo. Hahn has an extensive background as an electric violinist, guitarist, and programmer and has performed as an instrumentalist with Foetus, Firewater, That Petrol Emotion, Michael Stipe, and Moby. Featuring a vibrant form of drum ‘n’ bass that draws from techno, Somatic’s music is less of the standard chill-out sound and more of a frenetic dance experience. Some of this stuff even reminds me of Underworld, especially tracks built around vocal samples like “Venusian Jazz.” There’s a bit of big beat in “Raw Dog,” less in actual sound than in feel. The New Body is an exciting release that never lapses into the repetitiveness that occasional plagues drum ‘n’ bass.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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