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"A long overdue second album from the mighty Crunch finally lands with us here in the office, a follow-up to the album debut for Funkstorung's Musik Aus Strom label a couple of years back. Dave Tipper's journey toward the dissected, cut up and bass-addled world of percussion-heavy electronica has been blessed with tremendous foresight and an intuitive understanding of how to operate a groove. From the opening bass decimation of 'Edit 2' -- a crushing arrangement of crisp flip flop beats and doubled-up cutting, the mood is set as one of pure spine tweaking, adrenalin-giving robust head nodding joy. Each and every one of the 16 tracks on board hits the mark -- the melancholy melodic conceits of 'Casssette' flowing perfectly with a tough, slowed down, tweaked and destroyed 2-step undercurrent, the deeply tumbled hip hop escalation of the awesome 'Crunky', the deep night electroid dub of the spine-tingling 'bithop' - masterfully compelling and flawlessly produced from bottom end to highest hi-hat tweak. The emphasis is percussive throughout - the beats produced with almost unbelievable depth, clarity and oddity, tough grooving, uncompromising and wholly individuated - understated melodies playing on subtleties and suggestion to tickle the heart while the limbs keep on flailing. Complete with exclusive remixes on board from Funkstorung, Lusine, Evac and Bit Meddler -- this is a seriously needed record from a true beatmaster."