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Elektrafone by Beats Antique
Released: Oct 2011
Label: Antique Records
On paper, Beats Antique's musical concept has always felt a bit too big for its britches. Global electro-fusion cut with Eastern European and Middle Eastern aesthetics and tranced-out beats ready for belly dancers or club kids? Sounds unwieldy. And occasionally on Elektrafone it is, on tracks like "Siren Song," which feel a bit murky and weighed down with crisscrossing circuits. But for the most part, this California outfit pulls their concept off, drawing you in to cuts that wrap sultry fiddles and decadent brass around glistening global beats. The sensuous "The Porch" is especially fetching.
Rachel Devitt
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