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Ultimate Sushi

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Ultimate Sushi is a surprisingly diverse and complex set of tunes that never departs entirely from the traditions and norms of breakbeat culture, yet broadens that tradition's horizons considerably. Check out the scuttling 6/8 groove and whining violin on "Foul Play," for example, or the densely layered pizzicato strings, music boxes, keyboards and vocal samples during the arrhythmic intro section of "Concubine" (which then veers off into more conventional trip hop territory, albeit with significant dubwise detours). "High Fibre," on the other hand, defines what may be a new genre of harsh, abrasive electronica (Death Techno? Beatcore?). All of it is definitely worth hearing repeatedly. If only there were more than 29 minutes of it.

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