Editors’ Notes Despite the name, this electronic audio sculptor isn't especially thuggish—heady beats and aural flights of sci-fi fancy are his thing. For Arcology, the Denver whiz cultivates a retrofuturistic swagger, mixing classic, machine-forged techno and acid house with twisty Chicago footwork rhythms. On “Ghostless M.S.,” colorful synths wiggle and writhe to complex percussion patterns that spiral around a hard-driving core. Others, like the lush “Low-Life” and eerie “Arcology,” slow down and levitate into otherworldly atmospheres. With electronic music so elemental and, yes, entrancing, thugs and angels can dance as one.

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