Grunge superproducers Steve Fisk and Robert Beerman unite for a groovy outing that ranges from pure dub to electro-funk and reggae to experimental/electronic/ambience on Interlude With Fun Machine. Tracks like the opener, "At It Again," might be pretty far from pop, but Cut-Out manages some hypnotic, stunningly produced, down-tempo dub riddims that would be at home with King Tubby in the early '70s. "The Power Brokers" employs more repetitive loops for a sound that's part DJ Shadow, and "Under the Lamp" has an eerie and atmospheric electro-acoustic vibe that uses vintage synth gurgles to craft a sound that would fit easily onto a David Lynch soundtrack or in an early Stanley Kubrick flick. Cut-Out never quite sounds as fully realized as similar artists like Four Tet, Manitoba, Fridge, or Icarus, but if this first album is indicative of the inventive production that these seasoned musicians are capable of, then expect groundbreaking, out-there work to come.
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AllMusic Review by Charles Spano