Otto Von Schirach

8000 B.C.

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This is the debut album from an artist who comes across as weird even on a very weird label. This glitchy, funky drill'n'bass/abstract-beat extravaganza is a highly impressive feat of programming -- on most tracks, what sounds at first like a junkyard of samples, synthetic noises, and abused beatbox outputs coheres quickly into a highly (even compulsively) organized patchwork of polyrhythms and quick-shifting textures. For examples of this sort of beat-freak alchemy, check out "Time Traveling Lives" and the very challenging "Lunatic Nitrates." But other tracks are more fully abstract, and not quite as compelling. "Triangle Exit" is interesting, but not much fun to listen to; ditto for "Smelly Mustard." Overall, though, this is a very auspicious debut from this young artist.

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