Machine Girl: …Because I’m Young Arrogant And Hate Everything You Stand For tape (Orange Milk, 2017) + MRK90 Mix Vol. 1 tape (self-released, 2018)

April 14, 2018 at 8:12 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Machine Girl: …Because I’m Young Arrogant And Hate Everything You Stand For tape

Both of these have been out for a bit, and anyone who loves Machine Girl has heard them already, but I just recently copped them on cassette when MG played at Detroit’s El Club last month, so it’s worth posting a review of them. …Because I’m Young is a turning point in Machine Girl’s discography, transforming it from a gabber-juke mutant hybrid solo project into a proper band, translating the duo’s live show to audio. This is easily the closest I’ve heard anyone come to making something that sounds like Digital Hardcore Recordings, but updated for the current musical landscape, and 100% relevant. Highly aggressive without being cheesy, smashing anarchist punk and gabber and vaporwave together, sounding equally pissed off and bouncing-off-the-walls ecstatic. “Bullet Hell” is the pogo-friendly highlight, and the modem squeal in the middle is one of many things which pushes it over the top. The last track is called “It Takes A Nation Of Millenials To Destroy A Nation Of Millions…” and it’s an oddly uplifting evil happy hardcore pep talk. All of this breaks new ground and smashes down walls, and like tourmate/splitmate Five Star Hotel, Machine Girl somehow continually outdoes himself every single time.

Machine Girl: MRK90 Mix Vol. 1 tape

Since the proper album dropped last year, Machine Girl has also released a mixtape containing an hour-long barrage of unreleased tracks, bootleg remixes, stray ideas, and other ephemera. This one’s way more ravey than what Machine Girl currently plays live, and closer to some of his earlier releases, but still more of a DJ mix than a collection of tracks. It starts out close to breakbeat hardcore, with heavy, choppy breaks and Dizzee Rascal samples. It continues with fast 4/4 beats, sounding unusually straightforward for Machine Girl but still pretty fun. Then there’s a “nuclear apocalypse” bit which flips the switch into hard jungle. The second side continues the journey, delving into some bouncy juke, some acid, and some Missy Elliott samples. Then there’s an atmospheric jungle remix of Sade which has breakbeats just a little bit too mangled and shredded and current-sounding to sound like it wasn’t actually produced in 1995. The last few minutes are drum’n’bass bent slightly out of shape, with an odd time signature but a steady, propulsive drive. The mixtape overall seems a lot looser and less angsty and intense than most Machine Girl, perhaps making it more danceable or easier to put on as background music or something.

Show #438 – 4/14/18

April 14, 2018 at 6:15 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:01 am various Indonesian musicians ~ “At the House of the Deceased” ~ The Gamelan of the Walking Warriors ~ Akuphone ~ 2011
2:08 am Will Long ~ “The Struggles, The Difficulties” ~ Long Trax 2 (new) ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2018
2:20 am Dumb Type ~ “Passport Control” ~ Atomic Weight ~ Iridium ~ 1996
2:30 am Klaus Schulze ~ “Andromeda-The Grand Trance” ~ Eternal. The 70th Birthday Edition ~ MIG ~ 2017
2:40 am Autechre ~ “debris_funk” ~ NTS Session 1 (new) ~ Warp ~ 2018
2:50 am Future Beat Alliance ~ “Eon Link 500” ~ Audio Photos ~ Delsin ~ 2000
2:57 am µ-Ziq ~ “Inclement” ~ Challenge Me Foolish ~ Planet Mu ~ 1999
Hour 2
3:01 am Dax J ~ “1001 Amen Nights” ~ Offending Public Morality (new) ~ Monnom Black ~ 2018
3:05 am Martez Claybren (local) ~ “Research Chemicals” ~ Raised In The Jungle (new) ~ 777 ~ 2017
3:07 am Tarmvred ~ “Subfusc Part 05:0918.00” ~ Subfusc ~ Ad Noiseam ~ 2001
3:16 am Techno Animal ~ “Toxicity” ~ Radio Hades ~ Position Chrome ~ 1998
3:21 am JK Flesh ~ “Thimerosal” ~ Suicide Estate ~ Hospital Productions ~ 2016
3:29 am Pan Sonic ~ “Johto 2” ~ A ~ Blast First/Mute ~ 1999
3:33 am Alva Noto ~ “m 07” ~ Transform ~ Mille Plateaux ~ 2001
3:38 am Daniel Avery ~ “Clear” ~ Song for Alpha (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
3:44 am Marco Bailey ~ “Ryoko” ~ Temper (new) ~ Materia Music ~ 2017
3:49 am Rødhåd ~ “Awash” ~ Anxious (new) ~ Dystopian ~ 2017
3:54 am KiNK ~“Peter Plet Plete” ~ Playground (new) ~ Running Back ~ 2017
Hour 3
4:00 am Aera ~ “May Your Heartflame Continue” ~ The Sound Path (new) ~ Permanent Vacation ~ 2018
4:05 am Drexciya (local) ~ “Dr. Blowfin’s Black Storm Stabilizing Spheres” ~ DJ Stingray: Kern Vol. 4 ~ Tresor ~ 2002
4:08 am Holy Goof ~ “Eyes On You (VIP)” ~ Fabriclive 97 (new) ~ Fabric ~ 2018
4:11 am Bong-Ra Vs. The DJ Producer ~ “Glowstyx Bangface VIP” ~ Bangface – Neo-Rave Armageddon ~ Bangface ~ 2013
4:16 am DJ Taye feat. UNIIQU3 ~ “Gimme Some Mo” ~ Still Trippin’ (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
4:21 am Última Emoción ~ “Sentir Tu Cuerpo” ~ Interferencias Vol. 1 – Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 ~ Munster Records ~ 1983
4:26 am Chris Carter ~ “Noise Floor” ~ Chemistry Lessons Volume One (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
4:28 am Byron Metcalf & Jennifer Grais ~ “Song for Solo” ~ They Were Here (new) ~ Dr Bam’s Music ~ 2018
4:36 am Chome Sparks feat. Angelica Bess (local) ~ “All or Nothing” ~ Chrome Sparks (new) ~ Counter Records ~ 2018
4:40 am Kasbo ~ “Snow In Gothenburg” ~ Places We Don’t Know (new) ~ Counter Records ~ 2018
4:43 am River Spirit (local) ~ “Set Alight” ~ EP 2 (new) ~ Atonuv ~ 2018
4:47 am Tomorrowland (local) ~ “Catalyst” ~ Anemone ~ Red Antenna ~ 2003
4:52 am Applesauce Tears ~ “A Soft Yet Angry Mouth” ~ Pastoral (new) ~ Black Cottage ~ 2018
4:57 am Khruangbin ~ “August 10” ~ Con Todo El Mundo (new) ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2018
Hour 4
5:02 am I Marc 4 ~ “Berkey 70” ~ Nelson Psychout ~ Vampisoul ~ 1970
5:04 am Ghostface Killah & Apollo Brown feat. Cappadonna ~ “The Center of Attraction” ~ The Brown Tape ~ Mello Music Group ~ 2013
5:07 am Dr. Octagon ~ “Aviator Hype” ~ Moosebumps: An Exploration into Modern Day Horripilation (new) ~ Bulk ~ 2018
5:10 am Czarface & MF Doom ~ “Don’t Spoil It” ~ Czarface Meets Metal Face (new) ~ Silver Age ~ 2018
5:12 am Yo La Tengo ~ “What Chance Have I Got” ~ There’s a Riot Going On (new) ~ Matador ~ 2018
5:15 am Guided By Voices ~ “Daily Get-Ups” ~ Space Gun (new) ~ GBV Inc. ~ 2018
5:16 am Uranium Club ~ “Lottery” ~ Live For The Very First Time (In Italy) (new) ~ Castle Face ~ 2017
5:18 am Bush Tetras ~ “Mouse” ~ Take the Fall (new) ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2018
5:19 am Wrekmeister Harmonies ~ “Covered In Blood From Invisible Wounds” ~ The Alone Rush (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2018
5:24 am Mind Over Mirrors ~ “Oculate Beings” ~ Bellowing Sun (new) ~ Paradise of Bachelors ~ 2018
5:31 am Whetzel ~ “Orcas Playtime” ~ Slow Waves (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
5:37 am Goldmund ~ “Turns” ~ Occasus (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2018
5:39 am Seth Graham ~ “Mas Que Fin” ~ Gasp (new) ~ Orange Milk ~ 2018
5:42 am Joan Bibiloni ~ “Sa Fosca” ~ Music from Memory Compiled by Chee Shimizu ~ Music from Memory ~ 1989
5:49 am Soft As Snow ~ “Deep Wave” ~ Deep Wave (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2018
5:54 am Mint Field ~ “Ciudad Satélite” ~ Pasar De Las Luces (new) ~ Innovative Leisure ~ 2018

Bangface Weekender 2018 + Iceland trip

April 9, 2018 at 1:41 am | Posted in Bangface, Photos | Leave a comment

I flew out to England for this year’s Bangface Weekender festival, because some of my friends were going and I kept seeing the lineups every year and saying I’d go someday. So I finally did, and it had its ups and downs. The music itself was mostly incredible, the soundsystems were top notch, the visuals were crazy, and there were people playing from early afternoon until late at night on most days. However, Dillinja and A Guy Called Gerald didn’t play, which was a bummer, and the location itself was kind of a hellhole. It takes place at some cheap family resort that I can’t imagine anyone would actually want to take their family to, and it was cold and wet because it was in the middle of March. British food is notoriously disgusting, and being a vegetarian, I basically had to live on chips (fries) and Pop Tarts and candy. But it was fun, it definitely felt like a once in a lifetime experience. I probably won’t go back to this festival but I do want to come back to England as soon as possible, and explore some of the cities this time. After England I flew to Reykjavik with some friends, which was truly wonderful. Very expensive, but everything I saw was gorgeous. The city itself isn’t that big but there still wasn’t enough time to explore everything. We did get to go on a guided tour and see some nature. Of course it was very cold but there were some beautiful sights to see.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

loading up on krónur (pictured here) and pounds for the trip

Moroccan breakfast at the London airport (by far the best meal I ate in England)

flying over England

Manchester train station

arriving at the chalet at Pontins Southport

Friday, March 16, 2018

Ainsdale train station

cycle cafe

Bar Mio

downtown Ainsdale

not actually a coffee shop but the artist entrance building

entrance to the main venue building

Gabba the Hutt

convenience store mostly filled with candy, toys, and unbelievably gross-looking food products

giant toy synth (partially functional)

Northern Hard Crew showcase at the Queen Vic room

Bang Shop

Acid in Wonderland

mini golf course at Pontins

outside the chalet

outside the swimming pool and TV studio

I took a step outside the madness and walked out to the beach which was right near the Pontins. This was easily one of the best parts of the trip, and if it wasn’t so cold I would’ve spent a lot more time out here. I walked pretty far in and didn’t seem to come close to the actual shore.

abandoned house near the beach

Ok, back inside for the opening ceremony in the main room

inside the Chinstroke TV studio

main room just starting to fill up

dinos in the crowd

opening ceremony


yes, Napalm Death played at a rave, and it went over really well

sparkly raver and skeleton

the soundsystem in the Face Room

skeleton ravers

Current Value

Lenny Dee & ISR, and a giant beachball about to hit me

Industrial Strength Records flag

Lenny Dee & ISR

inflatable city during Hellfish’s 5AM set


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Aphex Bugs warning children about the unsteady ground


afternoon hula raver

Calum Gunn @ Algorave

Chemical Adam @ Algorave

empty dancefloor of the just-opened main room


Spinscott (live jungle MPC choppage)

Ceephax Acid Crew


Helena Hauff

Helena Hauff


Ben Sims

shark and light suits during Friction’s set

palm tree lasers


Somatic Responses

Somatic Responses

The DJ Producer

Sunday, March 18, 2018

soundsystem in the main room



I’m not sure if 2 Bad Mice actually played but this mascot of sorts was there

Barrington (in the oldskool jungle soundclash room)

light hula raver


someone on Bangface staff must be from Detroit because Breakcore Pancakes is totally a Detroit thing

Speedy J

Monday, March 19, 2018
This was a travel day. We checked out of the chalet, and myself and three friends flew to Iceland and checked into an Airbnb in Reykjavik.

cleaning up the chalet

checking out

waiting for the train

Southport train station

“Way out”

Westhoughton train station

comic mural in Reykjavik airport

giant puffin crashing through the baggage claim area

exchange rates

downtown Reykjavik

ice cream vikings

after-dinner group photo

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

view from our Airbnb

art at the cafe downstairs from our Airbnb

downtown Reykjavik

clothing store w/ a cat logo

communal nachos

incredibly good veggie burger (which was called the “meat lovers” burger)

Arcade & Toy Museum which we didn’t go into

desserts at a random coffee shop

the basement of 12 Tónar

12 Tónar

street art

street art

downtown Reykjavik

street art

Lucky Records

Lucky Records

Lucky Records

Lucky Records

Lucky Records

polar bears

downtown Reykjavik

Harpa concert hall

viking ship sculpture?

inside the Airbnb

inside the Airbnb

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
We went on a guided tour outside of the city and visited some nature trails, geysers, and waterfalls.

directly following a geyser burst

nature does not care for your money

pizza with rocket (arugula) and potatoes

Mikkeller & Friends (where we had pizza)

Thursday, March 22, 2018
This was the day we flew back to the States. It also happened to be the only sunny day when we were in Reykjavik. We took one last drive through downtown and then went back to the airport.

view from the Airbnb

view from the Airbnb

flower planting in downtown Reykjavik

one last look at downtown Reykjavik

checking in and getting through security was not easy or fun

Omnom Chocolate

stained glass at airport

Reykjavik airport

Think twice, you’re sweet enough

Show #437 – 4/7/18

April 7, 2018 at 3:37 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:00 am Mind Over Mirrors ~ “Matchstick Grip” ~ Bellowing Sun (new) ~ Paradise of Bachelors ~ 2018
2:09 am Steve Roach ~ “Full Moon Prophecy” ~ The Lost Pieces ~ Projekt ~ 1993
2:19 am Drew McDowall & Hiro Kone ~ “Bright Kiss of Fire” ~ The Ghost of Georges Bataille (new) ~ BANK Records NYC ~ 2018
2:25 am Whetzel ~ “Slow Waves” ~ Slow Waves (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
2:37 am Second Storey ~ “Bassday” ~ Hound5tooth Five Years (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2018
2:42 am Ved Skyka ~ “Warrior (Somatic Responses Extramix)” ~ Warrior EP (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
2:49 am Mantra ~ “Nocturne” ~ The Fifth Column (new) ~ RuptureLDN ~ 2018
2:56 am EDMX ~ “Original Rubadub Style” ~ Bangface – Neo-Rave Armageddon ~ Bangface ~ 2013
Hour 2
3:02 am µ-Ziq ft. Kazumi ~ “Lexicon” ~ Challenge Me Foolish ~ Planet Mu ~ 1999
3:05 am Kid Spatula ~ “Jackal” ~ Meast ~ Planet Mu ~ 1998
3:10 am µ-Ziq ~ “Die Tomorrow” ~ Aberystwyth Marine ~ Planet Mu ~ 1998
3:13 am Kid Spatula ~ “Hard Love” ~ Full Sunken Breaks ~ Planet Mu ~ 1999
3:19 am tchan (local) ~ “track 27” ~ Footwork To You Fallout Mixtape (new) ~ cdr ~ 2018
3:23 am DJ Taye feat. DJ Paypal ~ “Truu” ~ Still Trippin’ (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
3:27 am Phase Fatale ~ “Redeemer” ~ Redeemer (new) ~ Hospital Productions ~ 2017
3:33 am Daniel Avery ~ “Citizen // Nowhere” ~ Song for Alpha (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
3:37 am Aviador Dro ~ “Varsovia en llamas” ~ Interferencias Vol. 1 – Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 ~ Munster Records ~ 1982
3:40 am Chris Carter ~ “Durlin” ~ Chemistry Lessons Volume One (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
3:43 am Leyland Kirby ~ “Trevor1Trevor2” ~ Lessons (new) ~ Front and Follow ~ 2017
3:49 am Seth Graham ~ “Flower Cheese” ~ Gasp (new) ~ Orange Milk ~ 2018
3:52 am Asmus Tietchens ~ “Vektor 7R” ~ Parergon ~ Stille Andacht ~ 2016
3:56 am Wrekmeister Harmonies ~ “Descent Into Blindness” ~ The Alone Rush (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2018
Hour 3
4:00 am Dr. Octagon ~ “halfsharkalligatorhalfman” ~ Dr. Octagonecologyst ~ Bulk/Dreamworks ~ 1996
4:05 am Dr. Octagon ~ “Hollywood Tailswinging” ~ Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation (new) ~ Bulk ~ 2018
4:08 am Czarface/MF Doom feat. Open Mike Eagle ~ “Phantoms” ~ Czarface Meets Metal Face (new) ~ Silver Age ~ 2018
4:13 am Dabrye feat. Intricate Dialect, Kadence, and Silas Green (local) ~ “Culture Shuffle” ~ Three/Three (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
4:17 am Cut Chemist feat. Myka 9 & Deantoni Parks ~ “Die Cut (Wrap)” ~ Die Cut (new) ~ A Stable Sound ~ 2018
4:22 am River Spirit (local) ~ “Winter Song” ~ EP 2 (new) ~ Atonuv ~ 2018
4:25 am Professor Rhythm ~ “Don’t Say You Love Me” ~ Bafana Bafana ~ Awesome Tapes from Africa ~ 1995
4:30 am Tony Buck ~ “Unearth” ~ Unearth (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2017
4:38 am Makeness ~ “Our Embrace” ~ Loud Patterns (new) ~ Secretly Canadian ~ 2018
4:42 am Shark Toys ~ “In Between” ~ Labyrinths (new) ~ In The Red ~ 2018
4:44 am Bambara ~ “Monument” ~ Shadow On Everything (new) ~ Wharf Cat ~ 2018
4:48 am Mount Eerie ~ “Now Only” ~ Now Only (new) ~ P.W. Elverum & Sun ~ 2018
4:54 am Art Paul Schlosser with Stephanie Rearick ~ “You Make Me Smile” ~ We Duet Right (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
4:56 am Art Paul Schlosser with Simon Schlosser ~ “A Snake with a Stomach Ache (Live)” ~ Eye Want 2 Bee Viral (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
4:57 am Art Paul Schlosser ~ “Have a Peanut Butter Sandwich” ~ The Best of Art Paul Schlosser ~ self-released ~ 1999
Hour 4
5:00 am Robert Alberg ~ “I Been Single All My Life” ~ Robert Alberg ~ RMA Records ~ 2001
5:04 am Platonic Boyfriends (local) ~ “Old McDonald” ~ Pee On These Hands (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
5:05 am Guided by Voices ~ “King Flute” ~ Space Gun (new) ~ GBV Inc. ~ 2018
5:06 am Brief Candles ~ “Retreater” ~ Retreater (new) ~ self-released ~ 2017
5:11 am Triptides ~ “When Will I See You Again” ~ Visitors (new) ~ Requiem Pour Un Twister ~ 2018
5:13 am Ed Schrader’s Music Beat ~ “Wave to the Water” ~ Riddles (new) ~ Carpark ~ 2018
5:15 am Yo La Tengo ~ “Ashes” ~ There’s a Riot Going On (new) ~ Matador ~ 2018
5:19 am Michael Shelley ~ “Late Night B and E” ~ Jimmy’s Corner (new) ~ Confidential Recordings ~ 2018
5:20 am Sun Ra ~ “I’m Gonna Unmask the Batman” ~ Of Abstract Dreams ~ Strut/Art Yard ~ 1975
5:26 am Dan Weiss ~ “A Puncher’s Chance” ~ Starebaby (new) ~ Pi Recordings ~ 2018
5:30 am Robert Diack ~ “Sap” ~ Lost Villages (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
5:38 am Khruangbin ~ “Evan Finds the Third Room” ~ Con Todo El Mundo (new) ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2018
5:43 am I Marc 4 ~ “Deep Bass” ~ Nelson Psychout ~ Vampisoul ~ 1970
5:46 am Art Zoyd ~ “Cryogenese Rêve Artificiel” ~ 44 1/2: Live and Unreleased Works ~ Cuneiform ~ 1985

Whetzel: Slow Waves (self-released, 2018)

April 6, 2018 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Whetzel: Slow Waves

Genre-evasive multi-instrumentalist James Whetzel ventures into ambient music with this extremely slow-moving CD. It’s not just typical chill-out music, however; as the liner notes explain, Whetzel tried to make music so slow it would freeze time. Instead of being some sort of glacial dark ambient release, however, this is still clearly meant for relaxation, and it feels warm and earthy rather than dead frozen and arctic. The title track claims to be only 4 BPM, but that’s because the percussive thumps are separated by lengthy gaps. The ethereal guitars seem to be floating by at a faster rate. And even though the songs are all set at slow tempos (with 57 BPM being the ceiling), many of them are subtly tucked into unconventional time signatures. If they were fast, they might seem complex, but here they’re completely unwound, so they’re utterly soothing. As with much of Whetzel’s work, organic instrumentation seems to take precedence over electronics, although there are some synthesizers swells. The guitars often evoke Kranky artists such as Windy & Carl or Labradford. “Ole’s Dream” is probably the strangest, trippiest track here, due to its constant backwards effects — and somehow it’s one of the two tracks listed as being in 4/4 time. A pretty unique approach to ambient music, and yes, it is very relaxing.

Shark Toys: Labyrinths (In The Red, 2018)

April 6, 2018 at 7:15 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Shark Toys: Labyrinths

L.A.’s Shark Toys make their In The Red debut with this appropriately direct and scorching full-length. For much of the album, the group bash out one-two rhythms, repeat a few wiry riffs, and howl out lyrics in a high register, then stop on a dime after a minute or two. That’s not all the band does, however, and as basic as they might seem on the surface, they’re not formulaic. Following a breakneck cover of Mission of Burma’s “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate”, the group offer a response called “No Escape” which bluntly repeats “I want you to know that the end is near” along with suffocating guitars and showers of sax from Mikal Cronin. While that song pushes into a greater intensity level than the rest of the album, the other songs are still pretty wired, and they also tend to bleat out expressions of frustration, confusion, and feeling trapped. Cronin pops in for some more jolts of sax voltage, with “Jazz Suss” ending the album in a near-eruption, and there’s a little bit of abstract synth trickery on tracks like “Three Dogs”. It all pounds, and if you’re into Tyvek, or any other similar bands on ITR, you will be all over this.

Professor Rhythm: Bafana Bafana (circa 1995, reissued by Awesome Tapes From Africa in 2017)

April 6, 2018 at 6:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Professor Rhythm: Bafana Bafana

Thami Mdluli is a highly successful South African producer often associated with the style of African pop known as bubblegum, which was popular in the 1980s. Eventually his fans demanded that he started making instrumental recordings, so he adopted the pseudonym Professor Rhythm and began making electronic dance music which bore striking similarities to the then-developing house and garage genres. This is a reissue of a cassette from sometime during the ’90s, and like other period releases that ATFA has reissued, it’s another fascinating merge of then-up-to-date technology with African pop traditions. Actually, this release is far more focused on electronic rhythms, and while there are vocals, there aren’t full verses, and they’re mostly sung in English. The songs are a little bit slower than most house music, potentially drawing comparisons to Belgian new beat, but there’s much more of a rich, bouncy, sensuous sound to these productions, with lots of garage-ish bass tones. The lyrics, as minimal as they are, to tracks like “Leave Me Alone” and “Release Me” point to being trapped in a relationship, or at least infatuation. The vocals alternate between full-bodied diva wails common to the most club-friendly house music and more restrained male vocals. All of the songs are 4 minutes long, and while they all sound pretty similar, they’re all equally effective ass-shakers.

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