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Jazz-Tinged Populist Techno from Etienne Jaumet (MP3)

It’s rare that an act manages to pull off what Underworld does — locate a place where populist techno pulses its way deep into a noirish zone. There’s a whole lot of Underworld inside Etienne Jaumet, whose Night Music EP came out recently. Case in point, the collection’s lead track, “For Falling Asleep,” an upbeat-yet-dreamy swath of head-nodding 4/4 fun, all the flurrying synth action of a Dario Argento soundtrack, and enough Tangerine Dream–style counterpoint to keep things interesting (MP3). There’s also layers of saxophone that bring to mind Spring Heel Jack before they went deep into the realm of free improv. More on Jaumet at myspace.com/etiennejaumet and at dominopublishingco.com.

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By Marc Weidenbaum

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