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Flanger: Outer Space/Inner Space

As Burnt Friedman and Atom Heart-aka Flanger-demonstrate on this brilliantly conceived and executed CD, the contrasting worlds of electric and organic, programmed and improvised, high art and lowbrow can live in harmony.

Recruiting a crew of Latin percussionists from Santiago de Chile and jazz musicians from Copenhagen, Denmark and Cologne, the German Flanger blasts off into an atemporal vortex where Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi group melts into broken-beats innovators New Sector Movements, and early ’80s electro-hip-hoppers Newcleus enrolls in Abdullah Ibrahim’s 1973 album African Space Program.

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