Posts from 28th December 2002

Dec 02

Thomas Bangalter and DJ Falcon – “So Much Love To Give”

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I know! I know I’ve made some massive claims for this record just about everywhere, not least on The Compass and ILM. But lets get less personal on this bitch and more musical. It strikes me now that So Much Love To Give actually sounds like when a DJ leaves the box and leaves something looping and the whole night is over but kind of jars and stays alive for an extra 3 minutes. It’s kind of a real blurry dream sequence thing, and of the two times I have heard this record out in a club one of them really worked in this way. Jon Carter, November 2nd, he’s a DJ who really does avoid the hooks and just fire it out, something which means he’s a real fanbase DJ. A DJ most people get to like by seeing him at a festival or randomly 3 times and realising he blew the place up each time. Anyway this particular night I think he played harder than ever, Phil Kieran’s My House Is Your House, the poppiest tune was Underworld-Rez/Cowgirl (nice!) and then after all this really crazed banging stuff he just dropped So Much Love To Give. About 2 hours of dance energy just dissipates into love ricocheting around the room, it really is just a fucking pendulum effect, a record that’s the background music while you take stock of the myriad of shit around you which made you have a wicked night out.

Basement Jaxx – “Acid Love”

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Lets hope that Basement Jaxx never bother releasing a “regular” single. I suppose you can dance regularly to Acid Love but it really begs for you to jump up and down like a 4 year old at a Christmas party. In fact a mate of mine deserves credit for saying it sounds like acid house teletubbies. A minimal beat somewhere in the background and some jaunty acid growls which build but never explode anthem style. But even as fucked up and weird as Acid Love is, it’s still more dirty club and less pop than the usual Jaxx release. (Note: they may feel they have licence to do this because it’s been released under the name of their label “Atlantic Jaxx”)

It’s strange to hear an acid house track which is so quietly groovy and doesn’t go off in your face at some stage. Instead it’s just skipping hopping playground house from start to finish with a late entry for lyric of the year; “I’ve got acid, in my brain. I don’t need, no cocaine, I need you, aaaaaaaaaaah acid love, aaaaaaaaaaah acid love”. In the unlikely event of Acid Love becoming a single, lets hope the boys do a Happy Mondays style video with schoolchildren.