100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Solex vs. Cristina Martinez + Jon SpencerAmsterdam Throwdown, King Street Showdown! (BronzeRat, 5/18/10)

Solex vs. Christina Martinez + Jon Spencer: “Galaxy Man”

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Known as Solex, Dutch electro artist Elisabeth Esselink has released her first album in five years, and it’s a doozy. Featuring the husband/wife team of Jon Spencer and Christina Martinez (ex-Boss Hog), Amsterdam Throwdown… is a spacey, funky, groovy disc of fun jams.

The grooves are supported by bangin’ beats and assorted instrumental accents — strings, horns, acoustic and dirty guitars, and much more. Lighthearted vocal interplay trades off with spoken-word passages and Spencer’s trademark “dirtbag” sound.

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