I've made the point on these pages before that a lot of electronic music is a product of the climate, the actual weather, it was born in. Listen to Richie Hawtin or Misstress Barbara and then try to tell me that those aren't "cold weather beats"; sounds that were born in cabin fever, and sounds that know when we leave the club tonight we're going to freeze our asses off. The electro music of Canada's Lowfish exudes a similar snowbound vibe, although in an altogether different realm. Unlike most producers today, Lowfish is unique in that his dark, clinical, eerily beautiful albums are completely analog; completely forward-thinking sounds created on machines that are increasing obsolete. His latest outing, frozen&broken (out now on Noise Factory), is perhaps his most fully realized; a complete work of chilly genius. Lowfish "Things Fall Apart"

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