April 20, 2005


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Moonstarr, Moonstarr Remixes
Groove Attack Records, 2006

With the relentless advance of Myspace, the whole squeezing-every-ounce-out-of-one’s-laptop thing seems to have a growing appeal to punters with rudimentary grasps of rhythm. Automatically that means it’s not always advisable. Here we have a mostly instrumental effort consisting of breakbeats with soul, breakbeats with rasta riddims, breakbeats with chill, and breakbeats with sausage and anchovies. There’s a chance that if the first song’s breakbeats didn’t sound so unprofessionally mashed (perhaps to proclaim its trendiness, and if so this guy can take a cannonball leap off the Space Needle) it’d be taken more seriously, and one positive here is “BreathInn” (sic) which features a sweet Gabrielle-like vocal effort from Ivana Santilli. Those are highlights, though; the rest is a Frankensteination of vocoder-blipping chick-cheeps (“Recloose”), low-rent Air-inspired subroutines (“Dancetrack”), and other half-efforts like conga-line tourist-techno insufferabilities that would work exquisitely as montage furniture for know-nothing cinematic ego explosions like Oceans 12 (“Incoming”). C-
— Eric W. Saeger

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