by Ital
Hive Mind by Ital
Released: Feb 2012
Label: Planet Mu
Ital is the dance music alias of Daniel Martin-McCormick, of Thrill Jockey post-punks Mi Ami and the creepy synth-pop project Sex Worker. As you might guess from that pedigree, Ital takes a pretty oblique view of dance music, pairing the squirrelly undulations of early Chicago house with dry, thudding beats cribbed from warped Factory tapes. Go straight to "First Wave" if you're looking for lysergic tone color and sweat-soaked groove; try "Privacy Settings" and "Israel" for bleaker, post-punk vibes. It doesn't sound much like anything out there -- not even its labelmates on Planet Mu.
Philip Sherburne
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