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Beast From The Middle East EP

Lone Romantic
A reissue of a 1997 obscurity, the ‘Beast From The Middle East EP’ originally appeared on Arizona label Swell Records. The title cut will delight fans of minimalist electro: it’s composed of heavily distorted percussion, swollen 808 bass and spacey, dubbed out effects that shimmer in and out of the mix — and precious little else. It’s nigh on perfect. On the flip, the ‘Straight From Kuwait Mix’ by DJ Z-Trip and Tom Chasten demonstrates the Stateside link between electro, breaks and hip-hop that persisted in the late ’90s: an engaging, slower paced mix of bass drum heaviness and sampladelia.