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Sasu Ripatti returns to Raster Noton, further engaging a world of fluid yet knotty rhythm experiments and spectral dub. It's a logical step forward, unzipping the breathless concatenations of 'Vantaa' and greasing his unfathomably sequenced beats until they slyp, slyde, glyde and roll in stunningly fluid, freeform syncopation. The emphasis of 'Kuopio' is corporeal, teasing and seducing the body with patterns that envelope, playfully calibrate and gratify the nervous system in a manner recalling Merce Cunningham's comments on the compatibility of electronic music and expressive dance. Of course, we don't expect to see people flying through the air at a Vladislav Delay show, but the lithe, unimpeded viscosity of his live and organic programming offers so many more options to the body than the rigidity and banality of so much dance music. Like SND/Mark Fell, he can straddle the fine line between obtuse and ultra funky, best heard on the industrial fibrillations of opener 'Vastaa' and in the strobing multiplicities of 'Osottava', 'Hitto''s martial snares or the epic aquatic tech-stepper 'Hetkonen'. And even when he's working more conventionally, say on the dub techno of 'Avanne' or 'Kulkee', everything's been knocked off its axis to abstract, compelling degrees.