Daniel Meteo Working Class

As a DJ, Daniel Meteo is known for his kaleidoscopic sound spectrum. His transformative sets reputedly incorporate abstract electronic, hip-hop and reggae slowly transposed to danceable house and techno beats. Based out of Berlin since 1997, he's also known for his part as half of dub-y electronic duo Bus (with Tom Thiel). Working Class, released by Shitkatapult (a division of Random Noize), is Daniel Meteo's second solo artist album, after 2006's Peruments. Tech-y and club-inspired, the record is densely textured, packing loads of intuitively expressive elements into shaded minimal space. Still not a house album in the expected sense, Working Class instead constructs elements of house in atypical ways, as in the elusively suppressive constructs found on the title track. Less beat-oriented songs like "Charlie" demonstrate imaginatively metallic and artistically chill sounds. With generous doses of grind-y flows and scratchy beats, it's a shame only one grounded track ("Grace") is properly representing the dub-y bass sounds kicked out on Peruments. (Shitkatapult)