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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
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Halcyon Digest
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Cex
Starship Galactica
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


February 7, 2005
Cex may be the merry prankster of his version of rap music, but his sense of humor is more restrained when it comes to beat. This is a very good thing. The reissue of his instrumental album, Starship Galactica, originally released in 2001 on 555 Recordings, comes at a very good time for IDM and glitch-hop. The big names have reached a stasis: Richard D. James just isn't providing like he used to, Autechre have become more about the ambience than the beat, Boards of Canada release one album every ten years... only Luke Vibert still seems to maintain some consistency. Other than that, you now have to turn to the underground - electro-emo-pop like Postal Service, or Conor Oberst's dabbling with a laptop - to hear quality e-music experimentation.

Vibert and Rjyan Kidwell (that's Cex to you, punk) share a sense of playfulness in their beatmaking that can be a welcome respite from all those hard-faced manic-obsessive twiddling their knobs away. And take out Kidwell's sometimes annoying if always fresh-faced and sincere in their insincerity rhymes, and the beats just cut loose.

Beginning with the funky, mid-tempo, acid-bass infused "Cal and Brady Style," continuing with the more somber but just as engaging acoustic guitar laden "Get in Yr Squads," and following through with the buoyant and atmospheric synth swells and skittering beats of "Cex Can Kiss My Soft, Sensuous Lips," Cex does little wrong and answers the question of why it was necessary to reissue this record.

The little wrong he does - and it's innocuous enough - comes in the form of slight and not-all-that-funny skits that pop up occasionally on the record. But let him have his fun; the opposite direction, self-seriousness, is scarier, and the prankster's place behind a laptop may be more valuable than the nerd's these days.

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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