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Crash Redevelopment

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Crash Redevelopment is a comp from Brooklyn-based imprint Co.Ad.Audio. It features work from the label's stable of electronic weirdness manufacturers, including Datach'i (aka Joseph Fraioli), Velapene Screen, Bob Humid, NKH, and Unit. The sound is stop and start/cut and paste experimental techno with a debt to drill'n'bass, but with no intention of paying it anytime soon. Datach'i's "22" is nearly devoid of actual rhythm; instead, the beats build themselves out of static, like monsters found in TV screen snow. Lost in the squelch are touches of almost ambient synth, but after a slowly thunderous break, even those nods to nuance are replaced by frenzied fractals of noise. Bob Humid's "Prediction" is a more straightforward, yet no less of an adventurous drum'n'bass piece -- its insistent rhythmic patter is augmented with a revolving group of horn and voice sample triggers. Best might be Velapene Screen's "Plastic Hamburger Hat," which drops scratchy cut and paste percussion and wacko noise over a shimmering, chilly synth line. The song's frequent dropouts build tension, for after 30-plus minutes of Crash Redevelopment's stuttering experimentation, it would be permissible for the track to explode into similarly gonzo territory. It remains chill, proving that despite nods to what passes for convention on this electronica fringe, Co.Ad's group of artists always keep the listener guessing.

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