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04
Feb
10

Where’s my virtuosity?

Resident Advisor have posted their respective lists of the top 100 (electronic?) albums and songs of the decade – And a good read it is.  As much as people like to question the point of such lists, it’s nonetheless time well spent scanning through the titles, wondering where and when one heard them all, (personally I can’t claim to know them all – what kind of electronic music lover am I?) kinda like sifting through an old photo album or in this case, an old box of records.

Metro Area, perhaps unsurprisingly, achieved both top track (“Miura”) and second best album, something I can’t really find issue with.  Every track on the record is equally at home coming out of your ipod or on the dance floor, that is to say they’re not just DJ tools of loops and basslines, but songs that transgress electronic music’s favoured forum – The Dancefloor.  Though I can’t say “Muira” was my favourite track off the album (that honour goes to the sublime “Caught Up.”  What a bassline!).

It’s interesting to read Morgan Geist’s thoughts about the making of the track, from it’s bedroom roots to the coming decade’s dance floor domination.  His comments about the song’s lack of virtuosity are intriguing, particularly as my definition of virtuosity doesn’t take into account how many notes are in a bass line or how fast or flawlessly one can play.  Virtuosity to me is playing the right notes at the right time.  Nothing more, nothing less.  And if you’re familiar with the album, these guys have virtuosity spades.

So instead of harping on and dissecting the list (this would be both arduous and more pointless than the list itself), I’m gonna leave you with a nice live recording of Metro Area doing what they do.  Turntables, priceless disco record collection, dance floor.  You’re welcome.

Also here’s a video of them doing a bit of live rejig of some of the tracks off the album.  Live keys and all…

Metro Area – Live @ Somewhere from Roman Filippov on Vimeo.

12
Jan
10

treats…


First things first – Happy belated New Year and Christmas everyone.  This blog’s been eerily silent for what seems like (and probably is) months now and for those who check it regularly I apologise.  Blame it on a long overdue visit to our homeland (Sydney) over the festive period.  We’ve been living in Europe and the UK for nearly three years now without a visit home.  It was a much needed recharging of batteries and reconnection with friends. So there.

The upside of said hiatus is that I was able to bring back a soulful and funky treat for your ear-holes in the form of DJ Spinna’s wonderful compilation “Strange Games & Things” released on the mighty BBE records in 2001.  It has since been re-packaged and re-released but I thought it necessary to post up the original as it contains a wealth of classic soul and boogie tracks some of which have been omitted from the re-issue, no doubt due to legal wrangling and licensing bollocks.

I used to rinse this CD when I worked at Hum on Miller, a tiny CD store in North Sydney until I finally had the cash to buy it for myself.  The battered price tag on my copy says $44.95, a lot of money for a CD release, even if it is a triple CD in deluxe faux vinyl packaging.  You’d be pretty hard pressed to find labels releasing CD’s in this kind packaging nowadays.

I’ve decided to leave out the third disc containing the DJ mix by Spinna as, although it’s a great mix, it’s easy to track down elsewhere and my mediafire account is fast filling up.  On the other hand I’ve uploaded them as 320kbps mp3’s, so they should be suitably punchy for DJ play.

So here it is –

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DJ Spinna – Strange Games & Things – CD1

1. Strange Games and Things  – Love Unlimited Orchestra

2. If I Can’t Stop You  – Johnny Bristol

3. Mademoiselle  – Foxy

4. You Can’t Run Away  – The Bar-Kays

5. Reasons  – Minnie Ripperton

6. Bring Your Sweet Loving Back  – Starpoint

7. Hollywood Dreaming  – Father’s Children

8. Hunk Of Heaven – Lemuria

9. Elevate Your Mind  – Linda Williams

10. 90% of Me Is You  – Gwen McCrae

11. Another Day  – Al Goodman

12. Girl You Need a Change of Mind  – Eddie Kendrick

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DJ Spinna – Strange Games & Things – CD2

1. Can’t Hide Love  – Creative Source

2. Easy Money  – Dee Dee Sharp

3. Heart’s Desire  – Don Blackman

4. Life Is Just a Moment, Pts. 1 & 2  – Roy Ayers

5. Magic Ride  – Bobby Lyle

6. Keep It Up  – Milton Wright, Jr.

7. Secret Rendezvous  – René & Angela

8. California Dreamin’  – José Feliciano

9. Wind Parade  – Donald Byrd

10. Passion Play  – The Sugarhill Gang

11. Lucky Fellow  – Leroy Hutson

12. Mary Jane  – Rick James

13. How Could You Break My Heart?  – Bobby Womack, Bobby Womack

14. Save Their Souls – Bohannon

15. It’s a Desperate Situation – Marvin Gaye

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