Vladislav Delay, Anima (Mille Plateaux): Of the most revered producers using the dub framework to make provocative electro-music — ranks that include Kit Clayton, Burnt Friedman and Stefan Betke — Finland's Vladislav Delay takes the greatest leaps into abstraction. His latest outing, Anima, is a direct response to his recent forays into click-house (Luomo) and glitch-techno (Uusitalo), its single 62-minute piece cutting rhythmic ties and exploring ghostly ambience. In Anima, Delay uses rhythm as a tease, pulling beats in and out of the mix before they can establish a mood, with the only constant the currents and rips running deep in his dense mix of treated digital tones. If this sounds like it makes for difficult listening, well, for much of the set it does. But Delay uses a precise sense of when to provoke and when to reassure, making this a fine study in tension and release. — Anthony Carew

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