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What a small world we live in! I met the writer/producer over the Net about a year ago. He’s written tutorials explaining how to emulate a 303 with a Kurzweil keyboard. Jon Drukman has worked with the domestic breakbeat pioneers Hardkiss Bros., and has also released a full-length album using the name Bass Kittens. Unlike his past ventures, this album is very experimental with a lien to I.D.M. (intelligent dance music a.k.a. Autechre music). Jon uses intelligent jungle beats that come in and out of focus, using elaborate filters that add the right amount of cutoff and resonance.

There are a few tracks that are down right remarkable. “Bakin’ Donuts” has a annoying bass line that is strongly remedied by a interruptive breakdown that puts you in a old school Joey Beltram rift. After a third of the album plays, you are brought into a Aphex Twinish ambient feel mixed with a Kruder & Dorfmeisterish loungin’ atmosphere, still keeping the technical jungle beats starting, stopping, filtering, reversing. When “Crate on a Sofa” smacks in the back of the head, you’ll be nodding your head in anger as the beats come bashing down. As the album progresses, so does the calmness and beauty, the last song, properly named “The End,” reminds me of a Cure song which I believe is titled “Calling My Name,” it has a smooth texture with winding arpeggios that tinkle around the back of my ear.

I am certainly not going to suggest this CD to the close-minded or the mainstream techno fan. I will, however, suggest this CD to a open-minded, experimental genre fan that enjoys technical music that doesn’t put you to sleep or manifest a migraine.

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