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Innerhythmic: Sound System

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Bassist and producer Bill Laswell does this every so often: sets up a new label from which to launch his various assaults on musical propriety and rhythmic complacency, and on which one or another of his on-again/off-again band projects will appear: Material, or Praxis, or Last Exit, or Divination, or Sacred System. His latest label project is called Innerhythmic, and if this sampler is any indication, it's a very rewarding one. Released about halfway through the label's initial run of releases, it looks back at a 12" by Sacred System (with a tabla and breakbeat workout titled "X-Zibit-I"), a stunning live Praxis album (recorded in Warsaw), and the first James "Blood" Ulmer album in several years; at the same time it looks ahead to albums by Gonervill, Suphala, Nicky Skopelitis & Raoul Bjorkenheim, and a bass-and-beats summit with Jah Wobble and Bill Laswell. Just about everything here is excellent; the Praxis track from Warsaw cuts the one from Zurich, and "Wasteland," by Wobble and Laswell, cuts just about everything else with its ridiculously bottom-heavy funk. Sound System is highly recommended as a starting point, but most reasonable people will eventually want to own all of the albums from which this material is taken.

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