Dubby Textone MP3 EP

In its first year of activity, the Textone netlabel has released 20 free downloadable sets, totaling some 100 odd tracks, and it celebrated recently with an EP featuring Textone cofounder Jay Haze at work with lauded minimal-dance figure Ricardo Villalobos, whose 2003 Alcachofa album was touted by many as one of the year’s best (though its charms are largely lost on me). Their collaboration is the six-track Prefer Summer [+ Remixes]. It collects the three-track Prefer Summer, whose vinyl pressing on the Contexterrior label has sold out, plus three remixes, one each by Jambi, Cabanne and Someone Else (aka Sean O’Neal). It’s all syncopated lounge music, with the glitchy equivalent of finger snaps, and touches of dub and trance effluence. The highlight is “Archive,” six minutes of watery reverb and after-hours zoning. Check the whole thing out here, and visit the Textone label at textone.org.

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