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Neptune IV

Paolo Dioguardi is in his 20s, but 'Neptune IV' is the kind of techno record that more established producers would strive for. Taking the esoteric end of Jeff Mills' work as a starting point, Dioguardi laces these three arrangements with rasping percussion, doubled up claps and austere, Sleeparchive-esque bleeps. However, that's only part of the story, and the eerie synth textures that hang in the ether over the Italian producer's utilitarian arrangements make 'Neptune' utterly compelling.