Genre: Electronic

Three albums into their career, it’s increasingly unclear why Evan Mast and Mike Stroud of Ratatat aren’t yet super-producers. This time on LP3, the instrumental duo layer an eclectic batch of sounds — Latin guitars and thumping tablas on ”Mi Viejo,” shimmering chimes and squealing synths on ”Mumtaz Khan” — into their most dazzling patterns yet. And while these beats keep you hooked without a single word, surely they’d sound phenomenal with the right vocals on top. Rappers, you’re on notice: Anyone who doesn’t, at the very least, yank one of these as the backing track for a mixtape freestyle is officially a fool. A
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Originally posted August 13 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT

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