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Huaratron, Cryptocracy
Last Gang Records, April 24

05/03/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Toronto record label Last Gang helped launch electronic acts MSTRKRFT and Tiga, and they’re now heavily focused on this Finnish producer, whose resume includes remixes for M.I.A. and HIM.  His deal is chiptunes, or, more accurately in this case, leading the charge in what some writer hack dubbed “Game Boy Music,” feeding vintage Gameboy samples into emulators and going nuts with it.  And that’s it for the boring 411; there are no entrance exams for the Kingdom of Hipness, you’re cool or you aren’t, and spurious genre categories rarely get the right kind of traction, so never fear.  I suppose this dude’s PR person may have hit me up with this because I’m such easy prey whenever someone says the words “darkwave” and/or “Skinny Puppy,” which they’re trying to lump this in with, but really this stuff is some sort of quantum-leap dubstep/drum-n-bass/electro thing, even if listening to this insanity does make me think of someone like Terrorfakt on angel dust.  Oh, stop looking at me like that.  Here: imagine ultimate hyper-speed Nintendo-game noise-sample-music, invented by a mad scientist in order to make skateboarders believe there’s such a thing as a “reach the planet Venus in 5 seconds” move.  That’s this.  Is it awesome?  Absolutely, yes. A —Eric W. Saeger





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