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Electric Birds, Module, CNSE (Chop Suey)

First appeared in the Seattle Weekly, December, 2002

Earlier this year, San Francisco’s Electric Birds—which is actually one guy, named Mike Martinez—released Gradations, his first album for Frankfurt, Germany’s Mille Plateaux Records. He is one of a handful of Americans to receive the ultra-hip techno label’s stamp of approval. The move makes sense, however, as the atmospheric drones, rhythmic echoes and sputtering glitches that Martinez deftly assembles are right at home with his new European label mates. Tending most often towards the minimalist dub style of the Basic Channel or Chain Reaction stables, his material manages to nicely balance cerebral reward with butt bumping rhythms.

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