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CROSS-POLLINATION: GHOSTLY ON OTHER LABELS

November 7, 2008

CROSS-POLLINATION: GHOSTLY ON OTHER LABELS

Matthew Dear’s contribution to Get Physical’s Body Language mix series, whose alumni include M.A.N.D.Y., Jesse Rose, and Junior Boys, is out now, and it’s a beaut. Dear uses Asa Breed’s fusion of house-music production and oddly processed vocals as a springboard, gliding through an hour and a quarter of tight, cavernous 4/4 grooves. XLR8R fell captive to its sorcery, and Phonica Records said “Matthew Dear takes no prisoners. The man who can do no wrong, does no wrong.” We couldn’t agree more.

Kiln and Cepia both contributed exclusive tracks to Asthmatic Kitty’s Habitat compilation. The album, whose tracks all address the concept of “architectural space”, was compiled by label directors Lowell Brams, Michael Kaufman, and Sufjan Stevens, and benefits Habitat for Humanity.

Lastly, Dabrye’s stumbling, rumbling remix of King Midas Sound’s “One Ting” (out now on Hyperdub) was dubbed “the best thing he’s ever done” by online music haven Boomkat. Not bad.