For those familiar only with Poirier’s minimal techno releases on 12k and intr_version, this Montreal native’s latest release will provide more than its share of surprises. While the pristine production and spacious, dubbed-out feel of his earlier releases is once again in full-force, Beats As Politics throws a spotlight on Poirier’s considerable talent for elegantly fractured hip-hop. Featuring the intricate rhymes of such MCs as Diverse and the Francophone rapper Seba, the record is political in its lyrical content, samples and beats. Like a more languid DJ/rupture or Mutamassik, Poirier infuses his tracks with North African melodies and instrumentation for a headnoddingly hypnotic spin.