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Po Po, Dope Boy Magick
Mad Decent Records, Feb. 28

03/08/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Mad Decent is known for purveying nothing but dance stuff, from the annoying bling-hop slime of Flosstradamus to the cryo-cool dubstep-pop of Nero, whom I’ve talked about here before. Po Po, who are from — OK, I can’t seem to find anything that mentions where they’re from — are trying to walk a line between techno’s bleeding edge and lo-fi skateboard garage-rock, and the first quarter of this debut LP would be schizoid if it weren’t so listenable. Opening tune “Dnt Wnt U, Jst Wnt It All” and its follow-up “Final Fight” are like Davy Jones of the Monkees singing over unreleased Big Black demos, unpolished mud guitars evoking Day-Glo and compound fractures, but then we’re on to “Let’s Get Away,” which takes the gist of Van Halen’s “Jump” and blasts it with sci-fi time-travel noise (not surprisingly, the record company sprang for a creepy video for it). “Knife Iz Yung” is even cruddier-sounding no-fi no-wave, such a joy to hear with all the crappy processing you get with all the dummies making albums these days, and it’s a portent for pretty much the rest of it, think Boredoms, Half Japanese, guys like that. Way kool, me likey. A+ —Eric W. Saeger
 






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