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Hand on the Plow Records' first release, a split twelve-inch between Beckett & Taylor and Spandex called "Work," garnered much praise from the electronic-music cognoscenti. Matthew Herbert called it one of the best records he'd heard in some time, and the often highbrow Wire showered it in praise. Not bad for a debut.


Here, Beckett & Taylor return with another four-track split release. "Lies" is generally in the same vein as their first release; micro-samples, crunchy textures and attention to detail are tied together with an underlying pop sensibility that seems to be reemerging in electronic music. In short, it's catchy as all hell.

"More Lies" is a 4/4, uptempo continuation of the same formula -- small chunks and slices of the original vocal track are cut up and pasted back together over a stomping beat. It's reminiscent but not derivative of the aforementioned Herbert's house productions.

The highlight of this release, "Snakeskin Teeth" by Spandex, is an absolutely warped electro-funk tune with a dirty synth line and heavily edited vocals, which tend to stick in your head. "Snakeskin Teeth" is the most logical pick for the dance floor. "Abusing the Body" is a leftfield mishmash of Hall and Oates micro-samples with shards of percussion and elements of the original tune chopped up and rendered nearly unrecognizable, other than the overly familiar lyrics to "I Can't Go for That."

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