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Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid: Tongues

Modernist jazz rarely goes the futurist route, preferring distended time figures and atonal settings to the blips and blurs and electronic wheezes of the computer age, but this set is a virtual Tomorrowland of sound.

Eschewing overdubs for a purer dialogue of ideas, Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid have reimagined what’s essentially robotic machine music in terms of instrumentation-Hebden’s sampler lines reverberate like crashing metal waves-for an undertaking entirely more organic, a distillation of individual, emotionally charged voices, responding and reacting to each other in tandem.

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