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Videohippos, ‘Unbeast the Leash’ (Monitor)

On the surface — the name, the druggy artwork, the drum machines — Videohippos look and sound deliberately abstruse, but at the heart of the seemingly lawless Unbeast the Leash lies a desire to be hummed, not shunned. Even when the Baltimore — sorry, Wham City — duo add chipmunk vocal effects (“Take It”) or combine video game noises and overdriven jackhammer beats (“Sick Dolphin”), they find fuzzy, friendly melodies. It’s perfect for those rare times when deciding between Mates of State, a tab of Ecstasy, and Lightning Bolt proves too difficult.

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