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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2/4: Junk Culture at Now That's Class

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Deepak Mantena, the mastermind behind Junk Culture, is like a musical Dr. Frankenstein. His debut EP, West Coast, is jam-packed with stitched-together sounds that form a monstrous new work. Cuts like “West Coast” sew pieces snagged from J Dilla’s scratchy head-nodders to scraps of Diplo-influenced bangers. Everything is then stapled and hot-glued to the 8-bit breakdowns and Eastern-tinged funk blasts of a song (like on “City Side”). It sounds ugly on paper, and there’s stuffing poking out here and excess glue dripping off there, but West Coast is consistently engrossing because it hosts this pile-up of club-ready genres. This is a guy with a lot of musical loves. He seems determined to make them all live as one. Junk Culture play Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave., 216.221.8576) at 9 p.m. Jose Alberto Luna and the Sorely Trying Days open. Tickets: $5. — Matt Whelihan

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