Simon Vozick-Levinson
June 03, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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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