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Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Arts Council, Sixtoo's Duration project is a loosely organized 40-minute ramble through beat-driven sampladelic hip-hop, with all the strengths and weaknesses of the form. Producer Sixtoo certainly has a good ear (proved on his earlier track-driven LPs), and his fondness for dark, meditative material makes him a natural for any listeners with DJ Shadow records in their collections. Except for occasional blasts of hip-hop or scratching, the majority of the work consists of sampled nuggets from the Morricone/Mancini catalog laden with solid hip-hop beatwork. Excellent background music for sure, but not an album that rewards close listening. Included at the end are five tracks originally on an EP, The Secrets That Houses Keep. [A 2005 reissue of the record added the original Duration video on a DVD.]

Biography

Born: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Sixtoo, aka Robert Squire, came out of the mid-90s underground hip hop movement, sharing stages with the likes of Buck 65, Sage Francis and members of the Anticon crew. His hip hop output is collected on the albums Psyche Intangible, Psyche Continuum and Songs I Hate and Other People Moments. But it was before leaving Halifax in 2000 that he made one of the most important moves of his career - from the mic to the sampler. Duration was the recorded result of this logistical shift. Squire then relocated...
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