Various Artists

Staedtizism 3

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Just like its predecessors, Staedtizism 3 arrived in the middle of its year of release, donning the electronic abstractions of the artists on Stefan Betke's Scape label while throwing in several contributions from likeminded outsiders at the same time. The brain-massaging qualities of the tracks on the third disc in the series are just as palpable as they are on its siblings, presented in slow- to medium-paced tempos that never get turgid and tiresome. However, there's a marked turn from micro dub into micro hip-hop; roughly half of the producers take the instrumental beat-mining of the Mo' Wax label, dump it on its head, and strip everything down to the bare essentials (bass and drums). Andrew Pekler's "Steady Bounce" is hardly what you'd expect from the title, framing a slow but spastic drum break around a deep bassline and the odd keyboard tone. Other selections, like Jan Jelinek's "Silver Circle" (one of his most tantalizing Roy Ayers/Basic Channel hybrids yet), Thomas Fehlmann's "Lindt" (a charming beatscape with more Basic Channel-style flourishes), and John Tejada's "Cyberspace Visual" (the most straight-up hip-hop number, another collaboration with rap vet Divine Styler), continue to push things forward for Scape. The dub heads aren't completely left in the dust, as strong offerings from Deadbeat, Bus, and Gazoo demonstrate.

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