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Album Review

A mix to file right alongside 2008's Uproot (and not just because it's also from DJ/rupture), Solar Life Raft finds Jace Clayton's DJ/rupture and Matt Shadetek doing what they've done better than any other, at least in America: find the overlap between dubstep and the avant-garde. Granted, individual moments of brilliance may be hard to pick out from the musical morass: warped, mutating effects with straining sub-bass and the lurching flow of a dubstep track, plus various chatters, singers, and poets briefly surfacing and straining to escape all the post-production they've obviously been subjected to. Eventually, highlights emerge, including frequent links to the avant-garde: a spoken-word piece of poet Caroline Bergvall's hypnotic index of animals (titled "More Pets"), Nico Muhly's "Mothertongue" (a haunted track of Steve Reich-style vocal-sample minimalism), and a very short excerpt from Luc Ferrari. Both DJ/rupture and Matt Shadetek contribute a few productions or remixes themselves, alongside friends like Timeblind and Jahdan Blakkamoore.


Born: Boston, MA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

b. Jace Clayton, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. DJ/rupture claims to spend 98 percent of his time producing his own tracks and working on original compositions but is predominantly known for his mix releases, Gold Teeth Thief and Minesweeper Suite. On the latter 2002 release, the Madrid, Spain-based DJ utilised around 60 records, three turntables and the opportunities of post-production tweaking to juxtapose music by Jamaican MCs and provocative female rap stars, post-rockers and iconic jazz singers,...
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