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Foundation 2: Cleveland Electronic 2003 (www.synthcleveland.com)

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Filament 38
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On Foundation 2, the SynthCleveland collective offers an engaging cross section of the area's electronic scene. The disc reaches from IDM to industrial rock: Notech's ear-cleaning "Now Anna Won" is a brusque, brutal opener, while Scinema's "After Subtraction" and Near the Parenthesis's "Fraun" ought to catch the ears of Warp label aficionados. It ventures into laid-back efforts by Tofu & Minsk before entering industrial territory with Novocaine Halo's "Thread" and Filament 38's "Dissolve."

There are minor stumbling blocks along the way. While Subliminal Self and In a Cat's Eye earn points for effort, the gothic direction they take may be a bit melodramatic for some. In total, Foundation 2 is a worthwhile look into what's buzzing (analog and digital) in Cleveland, without leaning too heavily toward one genre.

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