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Venetian Snares - Winter In The Belly Of A Snake

Drill'n'bass practitioner Aaron Funk has made a pretty convincing case for himself as the successor to Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and Mu-ziq. Not just through his juxtaposition of groggy melodies and frantic beats but through his pathological productivity. On his third LP of 2002, Funk continues to mix the usual cataclysmic workouts with crypto-classical passages, mumbled vocals and a cover of The Misfits' "She", on which he sounds like Nick Cave. It's pleasingly hard to tell when he's being playful or merely psychotic.

Rating: 3 / 10


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