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Critic's Choice

Although hot remixers come and go, only a relative handful become hot solo artists. But Timo Maas, a Madonna-approved dial-twister who appears Saturday, June 1, at Vinyl, seems ready to make the leap. Loud, Maas's first non-remix CD, recently issued by Kinetic Records, is a wonderfully accomplished blend of clever dance-floor slammers and broadly accessible tracks with just the right touch of pop. The opening cut, "Help Me," finds vocalist Kelis grooving amid a sonic landscape straight out of Mars Attacks!; "Hash Driven" takes listeners on an effortlessly addictive head trip; and the glam-happy international smash "To Get Down" is the sort of tune that sounds kinda dumb on the first listen but terrific by the second. Not exactly a novice, Maas has been a DJ for nearly twenty years. But as Loud makes clear, his time is now.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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