HIGH ON FIRE: BLESSED BLACK WINGS
(Produced by Steve Albini & High On Fire)
Haven’t been able to stop smiling since we got this one. Haven’t been able to and don’t really want to as the visual imagery that attends the actuality of an Albini-helmed session with the estimable crush kill guiterrorist Matt Pike and the whole Apollo-Dionysus thing is just too much to NOT make you smile. And that’s before even playing the damned thing. Which we did. A lot. Mighty and hobnailed with that Electrical Audio production crunch that’s primer 101 on Recording Music to Fist Fight By.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL MUSIQUE: SOLARIUM/DELIRIUM
(Remixed by Thievery Corporation, Roger Sanchez et al)
Solarium: Beautiful, tasteful, smooth, easy listening (the good kind), fine-enough world/ambient/exotica music. Polyglotted vocals dropping into electronic-sexy through Middle-Eastern funky and Brazilian samba. A perfect and sultry meeting of Thomas Dolby and Fela Kuti.
Delirium: 24-hour party people.
Both: A very cool and constant reminder that it ain’t always about processing the processed into one nicely definitive, vegetative package.
DJ/RUPTURE: SPECIAL GUNPOWDER
(Produced by DJ/Rupture)
Despite having The Wire magazine designate his Minesweeper Suite one of the best records of 2004, the Barcelona-based DJ/Rupture, avoiding the usual post-genius doldrums (Courtesy phone for Thom Yorke), has zagged right into something that’ll sorely try any sort of evaluative process based on last year’s joint. He’s zagged into a jagged symposium that seems to explore deeply philosophical questions regarding exactly WHAT you can force your plug-ins to do. [Full disclosure: EIC Eugene Robinson sings, if you could call it that, on one track.]