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ARTIST
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Mash
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CD

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RELEASE DATE
7/3/2012

Japanese wunderkind Shin Nishimura has had releases through Dubfire's label Sci-Tec, along with many other vital contemporary labels, and he is the head of Plus Records. This release comes from top Japanese label Fountain Music and its sub-label Plaza In Crowd. Mash is a superbly tight production, combining as it does UK beats, hard grooves, and the notion of a bigger-picture work-of-art: think innovative stuff that will reinvent tomorrow's techno. Plaza In Crowd's concept -- all mankind in one party -- is personified with the opening track "Unity." "Earl's Court" boasts cool synths and rhythmic percussion with a sophisticated femme fatale vocal sample to produce a slamming track. "Neal's Yard" unleashes a wicked groove reminiscent of the best Janet Jackson -- rap and minimal rhythms creating a gorgeous sound. "Milden Hall" goes all sensitive and spacey, with a vocal sample that personifies the overall grandeur of this album. Intelligent electronica jumps to mind on "Acid Polka," while "Frustration Nukes" reminds us of Shin's origins and inspires a protest reaction with sublime energy. Mash is, without doubt, Plaza In Crowd's peak release of this century to date. Includes one bonus track.