Josh Gabriel

Movement, No. 2: R for the NM

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Sampling his own percussion and bass rhythms on this EP, Joshua Gabriel conceived this recording as a cohesive opus with returning leitmotif and interwoven themes. Breakbeats and blunt, simple rhythm lines are the intoxicating foundation of an audio collage of looped voices and disembodied lullabies. This expansive multi-instrumentalist turntablist references trip-hop and samples sitars on this music mosaic as Byzantine and obsessive as the detailed, hieroglyphic artwork he festooned the recording with. However, this is not a "not-for-the-faint-of-heart recording." It is instantly accessible to the open mind; the only thing bracing here is the title.

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