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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Predetermined streets



The brilliance of so much of the Comatonse back catalogue ('unusually queer releases...since 1993') tempts me to a painfully exhaustive, anoraky exploration. A no holds barred version'll have to wait for another time, but refocusing on her/his endlessly engaging music this week demands at least another quick look.

Although it also features some productions of cohorts (hoping to feature one of these shortly...), Comatonse is mainly a repository of work by Terre Thaemlitz in a variety of guises - TT, DJ Sprinkles, Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion (K-S.H.E), Terre's Neu Wuss Fusion et al. Hear a series of his/her scintillating & deeply moving - in every sense - reappropriations of deep house below.


"Today's dancefloors are wakes in remembrance of a mythological era of openness that never was. Remember where you were. See where you are.... I'm in Kami-Sakunobe."



"direct social action

is more than slogans penned on cardboard

and carried down predetermined streets

to the endless beats

of trite rhymes

spoken out of times when

a crippled left wing soars with the right"


""Stripped and minimal.... New York.... Newark.... Chicago.... Toronto...? These are reconstructed memories of the sounds embraced by late '80s underground House culture.... Particularly among Latinos and African Americans.... Queer.... Tranny.... Fierce.... Ova.... Ovaplayed...? Quickly subjected to cultural decontextualization and commercialization.... A decade passes.... Now this.... Possibly an attempt to decommodify a musical era.... Probably yet another form of communal exploitation."



(Hat tip to @NocturnalHum for the link...)

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