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Album Review

Though only one Adonis-funded 12", a stray track on a Gigolo release, and a remix of Osborne's "Bout Ready to Jak" predates this, Jamal Moss' connection to Chicago house dates back to the late '80s. A four-track single put out by Ghostly International's Spectral Sound subsidiary, Machines for Lovers should introduce Moss to a whole new crop of listeners — and many that have only been exposed to Chicago house through the Warp 10+1: The Influences compilation. Lead track "The Strenuous Life" sticks out most, a muffled pounding of a track adorned with rumbling synthetic percussion and sprayed piano runs. The remaining three tracks run closer to minimal-minded techno and don't have the raw edge of "The Strenuous Life," but the title track is bathed in a sticky glaze that's easy to get stuck in.


Born: 1973 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known as Hieroglyphic Being, Chicago native Jamal Moss is one of electronic dance music's most fearlessly experimental artists. His futuristic, abstract compositions are influenced by free jazz, industrial, and musique concrète as well as techno and house. His recordings emphasize spontaneity and creativity over studio polish or accessibility, and he often uses analog equipment and primitive recording techniques, resulting in a rough, dirty sound. Restlessly prolific and often brilliant, he...
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Machines for Lovers - EP, Hieroglyphic Being
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  • 2,99 €
  • Genres: Electronic, Music
  • Released: 05 October 2004

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