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Album Review

Like the sample source indicated in the title, this split Safety Scissors/Kit Clayton EP spends little time in one place; indeed, Ping Pong bounces through three dozen tracks in less than 20 minutes, caroming from heavily distorted computer feedback to playful electronic pop and R&B with a throwback feel — as well as a few nods to the heyday of '80s video games. Nearly everything attempted here succeeds — wildly, needless to say — perhaps because the duo never let an experiment wear out its welcome. Ping Pong is doubly impressive for its feel, that of a tossed-off jam session; unlike the vast majority of electronic productions, the EP never sounds labored. It's almost as if the duo soundtracked a video game, with individual tracks functioning for multiple cues. It's certainly not background music; these productions practically demand close attention, but they're worth every second.


Genre: Electronic

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

In the late '90s, San Francisco's electronic music scene began to gain attention and grow through releases on Belief-Systems, Internet broadcasters such as Beta-Lounge, and the electronic-based magazine XL8TR. With a strong group of artists such as Kit Clayton and Mark Farina, the Bay Area developed a reputation for producing a wide range of talented electronic artists — part of this camp is Matthew Patterson Curry, artistically known as Safety Scissors. Described as having a more upbeat and...
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