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Grimes 

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Grimes puts Canadian electronic music on the map with her minimalist-IDM inspired release. She sounds like the elfin love spawn of Super Mario and Princess Peach, whose steady diet of mushrooms allows her to make synth dreamscapes with haunting vocals. Compared to her future touring mates Skrillex and Diplo, Grimes sounds neither overtly abrasive nor boring. Instead, she assembles finely knitted sonic collages that resemble Violator-era Depeche Mode ("Oblivion") with choice cuts from Aphex Twin's Richard D. James ("Eight"). She's not breaking ground, but it's good to see a hyped electronic artist do more than polyrhythmic blips and bloops.

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