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Not so much an album as it is a between-works collection of dispossessed inspiration and in-jokey indulgence, Starship Galactica is nonetheless one of Rjyan Kidwell's most beguiling records. Clocking in at just over 22 minutes and featuring only four properly realized songs, it reads like a concise vivisection of Cex's self-stated blueprint. This means unadulterated geek love, scene sniping, and self-conscious braggadocio abounds. In between the hip-hop-style sketches about video games and lesbian sex ("Hi Scores" — itself a Boards of Canada reference) and untouched childhood renderings of the "Starship Galactica" theme song, listeners are peppered with gorgeous proof of Kidwell's growing confidence behind the decks. "Cal and Brady Style" sends laconic melodies sailing overtop a terse 2-step; meanwhile, the gushy "Your Handwriting When You Were a Child in the Winter" instantly recalls the warmer, fluid techno of labels like Morr and City Centre. With song titles like "Cex Can Kiss My Soft Sensuous Lips" (itself a pun on Tigerbeat6 bedfellow Kid 606's infamous "Luke Vibert Can Kiss My Indie-Punk Whiteboy Ass"), Starship Galactica may appear to detractors as hard evidence of Kidwell's distracting self-consciousness. To others, it'll serve as a welcome invitation to finally pin a personality on this endless stream of clicks & cuts.


Genre: Electronic

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

Cex has no qualms about his desire to be a Rolex-wearing pop and rap star, and his music actually lies in the realm of intelligent dance music. At the age of 19, Rjyan Kidwell already had a catalog of releases and a record label behind him. His upbeat and over the top personality splattered a large dash of color across a subgenre of techno that is often bland and too mechanical. In 1998, Kidwell started Underscore Records and released a triplet of CD-Rs, one by him and two by friends. Only 600 of...
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