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Discover: Chinatronica

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

Back in the '90s, it seemed as though every producer was slapping electronic beats onto indigenous and folk music from around the world. Call it the Deep Forest Syndrome, after Frenchman Eric Mouquet's beating up of Babenzele pygmy hocketing in the Deep Forest series. Is roots-plus-beats a natural, if somewhat lazy, way to engage Western listeners in the exotic sonic spectrum of the Other? Or does it instead deliver the worst of both worlds by… more »