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[FROM THE VAULTS] JAMES T. COTTON'S 'THE DANCING BOX'

March 10, 2010

[FROM THE VAULTS] JAMES T. COTTON

As a continuation of last week’s FROM THE VAULTS feature (Dabrye’s leftfield hip-hop classic Two/Three), you can’t do any better than 2004’s The Dancing Box, the debut long-player from James T. Cotton. For the uninitiated: James T. Cotton is one of many aliases used by Detroit producer and Ghostly mainstay Tadd Mullinix, who, working under his own name and as Dabrye (among other aliases), covers a shocking amount of stylistic ground, for one man.

JTC is Mullinix’s techno-oriented alias, and The Dancing Box is his ultimate artistic statement, full of squelchy acid splendor, oddball distortion effects, and Detroit futurism. The Dancing Box, in other words, does what Dabrye does for hip-hop and what Tadd Mullinix does for abstraction: pulls together countless disparate threads, ties them up in knots, and gives them an artful, body-moving spin.

Buy James T. Cotton’s The Dancing Box for only $5 at The Ghostly Store.