Cadence Weapon / Various Separation Anxiety

Featuring new originals and remixes of songs by Roots Manuva, the Wet Secrets, Kid Sister and Sally Shapiro, among others, Separation Anxiety finds Edmonton’s Cadence Weapon cutting loose(r), crafting thoughtfully visceral electronica. Rooted in hip-hop, Cadence Weapon has made his allegiance to gritty electro rock and house music apparent, even rapping about his devotion over club-thumping tracks. A true-blue mixtape, Separation Anxiety gathers 20 recent techno-based experiments, quickly getting listeners nodding heads they were just scratching. Contributing to the spectrum-spanning disc, Hervé and A-Track get "Roll with the Winners” bumping, C-Sekshun’s lovely ambient textures on "The Morning After” are heartbreaking and the Joel Plaskett-quoting "Kennedy Curse” sounds like RZA nerding out. RJD2’s "Sweet Piece” swings mightily in Mr. Weapon’s hands and the weirdness of Busdriver is highlighted by a re-contextualized "Raleigh Remix” of "Sun Shower.” In lieu of cohesion, Separation Anxiety is a prideful, winning work of brash ambition. (Independent)