Music

B+

Beats as Politics

Lead Performer: Ghislain Poirier; Producer (group): Chocolate Industries

Ignore the agitprop song titles (”Civil Disobedience”) on the U.S. debut by Montreal producer Poirier and focus on what’s important: ”Beats as Politics” is a damn convincing blueprint for the next generation of trip-hop. Mixing the spaciousness of dub, the neck-snapping drums of hip-hop, and the experimental tweaks of techno, Poirier creates moody tracks that hover between the immediacy of consciousness and the murkiness of sleep.

Originally posted November 14 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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