Asa Breed (2007) While Matthew Dear's second album will likely wind up under the "dance" blanket at your local record store, Asa Breed could more helpfully be described… 2007-06-05 Matthew Dear Experimental
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Asa Breed (2007)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 05, 2007; Lead Performance: Matthew Dear; Genre: Experimental

While Matthew Dear's second album will likely wind up under the ''dance'' blanket at your local record store, Asa Breed could more helpfully be described as spoken-word techno. The Detroit DJ and musician doesn't so much sing as intone over percolating, minimalist electro-pop that would be equally at home shaking up subwoofers in a nightclub or coffee mugs at a downtown cybercafe. His baritone musings can be grim, but thrown up against the right, shiny rhythm — as on ''Elementary Lover'' — Dear joyously defies categorization. DOWNLOAD THIS: Elementary Lover

Originally posted Jun 08, 2007 Published in issue #939 Jun 15, 2007 Order article reprints