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Where
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CD

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PAL 050CD PAL 050CD
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6/24/2008

This is California-based producer John Tejada's 11th full-length release. Normally associated with his peers in techno from Detroit, Europe and elsewhere, John Tejada has embraced electronic music as a personal frontier, expanding on his résumé as a techno recording artist, producer, remixer, DJ, and label owner. Known for crafting a brand of subtle, musical techno, his recorded output ranges across tempo and genre lines, from chilled-out affairs with spacious arrangements to pulsating, densely layered, deeply energetic tracks that work magnificently in the hands of DJs as well as on the home stereo. Where ventures away from many of his own trademarks, journeying into an intimate vibe of warm pulses and bright energies. The tracks take expectations and enlighten them with a collection of grooves and tweaks that are spacious and rhythmic while being devoid of predictability. The fifth track, "Desire," features a first-time collaboration with Nicolette who, having notoriety for her early '90s hit "No Government" as well as previous work with Massive Attack and Plaid, lends her vocal talents to a sonic gem that is magic in itself. Where is not a typical cerebral approach to electronic music. Rather, it is "soul-ebral" in its ubiquity, giving the listener a rare vision of a melodic spin wherein Tejada can be seen in his studio creating life, breathing through synths.