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Wednesday December 16, 2015

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THE BEST L.A. ALBUMS OF 2015

Saxophonist Ben Wendel and DJ Alfred Darlington, friends since high school, have each cultivated tremendous success making music on the outer limits of imagination and innovation, Wendel with the Grammy-nominated progressive jazz group Kneebody, and Darlington as a pioneering DJ and electronic artist under his moniker, Daedelus. Kneebody and Daedelus have collaborated on live shows since 2009, and their off-and-on flirtations have finally produced this mutant love-child of an album, which retains special powers from both parents. There are surprising amounts of elongated space; vast, bleak landscapes evoking Daedelus’ pensive 2014 masterpiece, The Light Brigade. Those who like to get their groove on need not fear, for there are also moments of sheer rhythmic and sonic catalyst, a concoction of jazz, rock and electronica fast approaching their creators’ stated goal of “technological singularity,” where humans and computers meet and meld in indistinguishable perfection. — Gary Fukushima

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