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Insiden: Above Us (In Paradisum) On a first impression, French outfit Insiden traverses similar terrain to the murky underworld of Haxan Cloak. The sound is pitch black and ominous, like an impending apocalypse looming overhead (presumably explaining its title). Its...

Locked Groove: Thesseus (Permanent Vacation) “Thesseus” is markedly different from previous 12”s from producer Tim Van de Meutter, mainly in that it hangs its hat on a spacy refrain that smacks of sci-fi nostalgia rather than the leaner and meaner grooves he sometimes...

The Juan MacLean: “I’ve Waited So Long” (In A Dream, DFA 2014) The Juan MacLean’s latest album slipped by me unnoticed until I saw it pop up on a few year-end lists. It’s part of why i wait until the very end of the year to start putting...

Christopher Bissonnette: Essays in Idleness (Kranky) Christopher Bissonnette’s first album for Kranky in seven years is fairly different from the more patient, pastoral ambient terrain he’s traversed on past releases. Instead Essays in Idleness finds Bissonnette...