Various - DFA Compilation #2

Death From Above are Manhattan-based production team James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, and this generous three CD set showcases their work with various artists, as released on the DFA label. If you haven't heard of them, the celebs have. These guys have given knockbacks to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, although it is hard to imagine how either of these pop divas would fit into the reasonably twisted DFA universe. This compilation sure makes for a coolly eclectic listen.

For example, LCD Soundsystem's Yeah and Black Leotard Front's Casual Friday are arty/campy blends of disco and funk, although, by the end, the former seems to have mutated into something that would happily sit on Daft Punk's Homework album. Pixeltan's Get Up/ Say What is an awesome ride on fast breaks, while tumbling beats meet guitars on That's the Way I Like It. (Taking the latter into account, it's not a great surprise to learn Tim Goldsworthy played a role in UNKLE.) Three tracks by The Juan MacLean betray Kraftwerk, house and dub influences.

Most 'out there' is Sunplus, by obviously bonkers Japanese duo J.O.Y., which features various odd yelps and squeals over a determinedly avant-garde arrangement. The experimental electronica of Black Dice's Wasteder and the frankly mental exercise in outlandish percussion that is Liquid Liquid's Bellhead aren't far behind. This, generally speaking, isn't a compilation for those with conservative tastes.

CD three is a mix made up mostly of tracks from the first two. Rather than feeling like overkill, it instead serves to highlight the more hedonistic, danceable elements of DFA's output; a good one to slip on next time you have your trendier mates round for a party.



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