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Source Direct

Exorcise the Demons

(Astralwerks)

If Source Direct has anything to say about it, the new millenium is here now. The dark drum’n'bass of this English duo perfectly suits this rather paranoid time when some folks are actually stocking up on survival gear in anticipation of a Y2K meltdown or an alien colonization ala The X-Files. OK, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but I strongly suspect we’re headed into the year 2000 with the twin towers of gloom and doom electronica on the one hand and bright indie pop on the other.


For Source Direct’s rookie release, the title is quite appropriate. Featuring churning, macabre grooves, the band’s menacing electronica is from the Panacea school of twisted beats. One thing’s for sure, if Mark Snow ever gets sick of composing music for The X-Files, Source Direct should be Chris Carter’s first call.

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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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