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Nick Warren's Reykjavik #024 is the latest two-disc volume in the seemingly unending series of bland trance and progressive-house mixes churned out by London's Global Underground imprint. But Warren, a Massive Attack associate and leading member of club hit makers Way Out West, diverges from the label's tired formula. Most of #024 is midtempo and driven by breakbeats; Warren pairs Ulrich Schnauss's "Nobody's Home" with Shuffle Heads' "Roll Call" to create an electro-lullaby in which a cascade of keyboard plinks crinkles and then begins to glide over a dusty-sounding groove. He decorates the simple electric piano riff and chunky breaks of Boards of Canada's "Happy Cycling" with slow-and-low record scratches, and on Justin Simmons's "Helga Moller" sets synth strings against what sounds like scales played on chimes. The mix occasionally does get rough, as on Glimmer of Dope's angular acid roller "Love Lost," but most of the disc is unabashedly pretty, with an icy, windswept feel. Saturday, February 1, 10 PM, Vision, 640 N. Dearborn; 312-266-2114.

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