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various / force inc - Montreal Smoked Meat
Hooked into the same aesthetic as the micro-deep beat structures of the Cologne scene and, in particular, the Trapez label, Canada has emerged as the most fertile hotbed for restructuring the beat in an experimental and entirely dancefloor friendly way. We've harped on at you endlessly about the genius of Akufen, but what's truly breathtaking about this collection of new Canadian music is the shere number of new artists who are forming this inspired scene and the level to which their sound has developed. The aforementioned boy-wonder Akufen opens the Compilation with another flawless excursion - 'Severed Finger Samba' - all cut up and funked up 4/4 that sounds like one half Matthew Herbert and one half Autechre. Newcomer Orazio Fantini shocks-out on the awesome 'Make Up' , lush and terrifyingly complex beats tweaked and rearranged with mind-bending intricacy while all along the funk levels are retained and expanded to mess with yo head. Crackhaus lower the tone with a deeper crawler, although even here the funk tweak kicks in with a slowed down lounge vocal that totally works to make you twitch. In fact every track included here hits the spot, new artists like Steve Beaupre, Suna, Mike Shannon, Mateo Murphy, Elio Brunelle, as well as more known figures like Jetone, Mitchell Akiyama and Jeff Milligan all contribute to a remarkable achievemnt - that of giving Montreal a sound which is instantly identifiable and totally unique. If you are unfamiliar with any of these artists and want to get a glimpse of the true future funk, please please please check this out. Immense.