- Jeff Samuel
He was right. In the three years since his "New Joob" single came out, Samuel has moved to Seattle and linked up with four other labels, including Tektite, Emoticon, and cutting-edge German outfits Deep Night Essentials and Trapez, releasing half a dozen new singles along the way. Samuel's most recent work deftly straddles the boundaries between house and techno. Far from the chugging club thumpers usually heard on West Sixth, most of his tunes maintain a delicate interplay between rhythm and texture. Robotic twitters and chirps zip around precisely timed cymbal clicks and drum kicks, imitating the complex pandemonium of some gigantic, well-synchronized assembly line, steadily churning out its own unconscious rhythm. The occasional deep, dubby bass lines Samuel uses add a hip-swiveling appeal to the otherwise cerebral creations, making Samuel one of the few DJs able to work brains and backsides in equal measure.