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The Range : Nonfiction

25 year-old Pennsylvania native James Hinton relocated to Providence, Rhode Island after graduating from Brown in 2010 and immediately set to work crafting wonderfully idiosyncratic bedroom electronica as The Range, debuting with The Big Dip a year later. New album Nonfiction is one of 2013’s best releases – if not exactly the biggest: it’s out now digitally (and on vinyl October 28) through Brighton, England’s Donky Pitch label – and one that’s definitely worth tracking down if you like your pop to be dancefloor friendly and your techno with brains as well as beats. Influenced equally by US (hip hop, Detroit techno, Chicago footwork) and UK (grime, jungle) club music, Hinton has crafted an LP that never stays in the same place too long but still manages to sound impressively coherent; playfully psychedelic, and with samples of MCs and vocalists ripped surreptitiously from YouTube, it’s akin to a less twee Go! Team or Four Tet if he was more concerned with booty than beauty. Listen to album closer “Metal Swing” below, and stream the whole record courtesy of Dazed Digital.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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