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HOW’S THIS FOR JOCK JAMS? Berlin’s SAFETY SCISSORS skipped over to San Francisco to play Ping-Pong with fellow techno visionary KIT CLAYTON. They meticulously recorded the results, then sampled them to create THE PING-PONG EP (Carpark), as propulsive and innovative an electronic music album as was heard all last year. Other sounds round out the proceedings, but the distinctive clatter of ball against table lends the collaboration narrative heart. The multitracked bounce assault on the opener gives way to the rock & roll clicks and screeches of the song ”1-3” (each track represents the current tally), then to carousel bop on ”5-5.” At one point, the ball skips off the table, is recovered, and by ”17-11,” has been brought under rhythmic control by the paddle kings. Final score: Kit Clayton 21, Safety Scissors 14. Game grade: A- – Steve FuttermanJon Caramanica
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