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Radio Rothko

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Album Review

The number of commercially released dub techno mixes can be counted on one, er, finger. While Scion’s Arrange and Process Basic Channel Tracks (2002) used less than a dozen 12” singles as its source material, Montreal’s Deadbeat gleans from the banks of vinyl indebted to those subgenre-creating releases. Within a matter of a few minutes, Radio Rothko will aggravate those who demand variety, clever juxtapositions, and obvious peaks in DJ mixes. For those who can listen to minor variations on a style rooted in low-level bass throb, percussive FX, and atmospheres slathered in echo — and care to know the difference between DeepChord, Echospace, and Echocord — it will stun. Deadbeat does incorporate some earlier dub techno, scattering Basic Channel's radiant “Quadrant Dub I” (1994), Maurizio’s cushiony “M06A” (1996), and Various Artists' spaced-out “No. 3 [Debit]” (1997), but recent releases — from labels like Modern Love, Meanwhile, and Echocord — dominate the mix. The full program is a clinic in discerning intra-style selecting and superb sequencing, with the locomotive friction from tracks six through 11, beginning and ending with Deadbeat exclusives, nothing short of astonishing.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Though based in Montreal, Deadbeat and his ultra-textured ambient dub soundscapes made their way around the world, finding large audiences in Europe as well as in North America. Deadbeat producer Scott Monteith is a member of the same fertile Montreal scene that includes such luminaries as Akufen (Marc Leclair) and Algorithm (Jeff Milligan). Like his peers, he gained international acclaim in the early 2000s once the French-Canadian city became a hot spot for laptop techno (see the Montreal Smoked...
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