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The Good Grime Soundsystem

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A sample from the 1940 film Colorado, starring Roy Rogers, opens this album before it warps off into the distance, replaced by a song that sounds like it's borrowed liberally from modern hip-hop and an oddly Frank Zappa-inspired psychedelic funk — like '70s-era Kool & the Gang riding high on DMT and weed. By the time it kicks into "Intro to Adro," though, this group makes good on its name with some electro dub exercises reminiscent of the more accessible moments in the Muslimgauze catalogue. It's still the inventively broken rhythm thing, but smoothed out for dance-floor consumption. Rife with Denver references, stylistically the album runs the gamut of hip-hop, funk and dub, but the core of it is a streak of experimentation that blurs the lines between those discrete genres.

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