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pH10

If Sage Francis and Atmosphere are supposed to be where independent hip-hop is going, then pH10 is way ahead of the game. The atypical duo mixes and remixes tight rhymes with an assertive electronic thump that makes punky techno accessible in a way that Atari Teenage Riot never did, and treads where the Beastie Boys have only visited. The traveling twosome -- rapper Pete Miser and sound/techie wizard Recone Helmut -- divide their time between Denver and Brooklyn, spending a snowboard season here and a year or so over there. BK United is a collection of hyperactive tracks that amalgamate the funk-inspired electronica of Helmut and the posi-tipped rapping of Miser. For those whose night vision is blindsided by strobe lights and sweaty dance-floor excursions, United is a dream soundtrack. But hip-hop heads who prefer lyrical mastery over hectic whiplash head-bobbing would be advised to scope out some of Miser's solo work.
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Tuyet Nguyen