"An arbitrary succession of more or less irritating sounds"

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Utopian fictions

Yearning & rage, brilliantly & subtly orchestrated at 120bpm - DJ Sprinkles' Midtown 120 Blues (Comatonse) will doubtless be recognised eventually as the masterpiece it so clearly is. 

"While the world celebrates the revial of New York House Music, constructing utopian fictions about the genre as it goes along, DJ Sprinkles retreats deep into the bowels of house. This is the rhythm of empty midtown dancefloors resonating with the difficulties of transgendered sex work, black market hormones, drug & alcohol addiction, racism, gender & sexual crises, unemployment, and censorship"

Previously featured here, but the fan-boy exercise of stitching together Comatonse's giveaway extracts into a somewhat sequenced patchwork whole inspires a revisit. However ham-fisted my hack, the stand-alone intro & Ball'r show off the deftness & lightness with which M120B reclaims & recontextualises house - "[not] so much a sound as a situation". 

NB: turn it up - "To preserve the full dynamic range of the original recordings this album was mastered without compression and is intentionally quieter than some. "

Bonus - You Speak What I Feel a.k.a SND & Terre Thaemlitz > Singles collection [Remixed by SND] (from Below code, Comatonse 10th anniversary compilation)

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