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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
E.M.S.
E.M.S.
Satamile Records

Rating: 9/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Raise your hand if you are sick of sunny day, trance infused, gritted teeth smiling, car commercial electronic music. Raise your other hand if you wish DJ Assault and Plastikman somehow figured out how to procreate and gave birth to a strobe light. E.M.S., a.k.a. Stephen Machnowski, a.k.a. Electro.Music.Specialist, a.k.a. one half of Chromatix, is that prodigal strobe light baby; a pulsating bundle of pure electro mixed with a healthy spurt of the mother's milk that is techno, Detroit house, acid, and booty.

E.M.S. begins with the dark and oozing "Gemeni," the first of many tracks on which Machnowski uses his "self-engineered Sputnik Voice Processor vocoder" to create alien-funk repeated lyric patterns that are hard to decipher but easy to nod to. The record briefly visits areas of electro-funk ("Got to Getto"), dark and hard acid ("Colonized"), and almost pretty, atmospheric smoothness ("Lounge Europa"). E.M.S. isn't making glitch-hop and this certainly isn't the most "intelligent" dance music you will ever hear, but pay no mind to all that hokum. Why the fuck does dance music have to be intelligent anyway? Is your ass smarter than your brain? Do you jiggle your skull? Maybe you do, but you're a freak.

According to his bio, E.M.S. grew up futzing around with his Commodore 64, programming it and generally wreaking havoc. The minimal aesthetic, forced by the use of such a simpleton's machine (God, we were cavemen then), can be heard on his self-titled debut, and any embellishments gone missing just aren't meant to be there.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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