DFA Remixes Chapter One

The DFA Remixes Chapter One

     
 
When they joined forces in 2002, James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy had already established themselves as producers independently: Murphy worked on, among other things, the soundtrack for Requiem for a Dream, while Goldsworthy had been part of an early incarnation

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When they joined forces in 2002, James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy had already established themselves as producers independently: Murphy worked on, among other things, the soundtrack for Requiem for a Dream, while Goldsworthy had been part of an early incarnation of James Levelle's U.N.K.L.E. With a shared love of Krautrock, post-punk, and early '80s electro, the two formed the DFA -- an umbrella moniker for their record label and production work. It didn't take long for the pair to become trendsetters, tastemakers, and the knob-twiddlers of choice for the burgeoning New York dance-punk scene, working on three of its defining moments: Radio 4's Gotham!, the Rapture's Echoes, and the eponymous debut from Murphy's band, LCD Soundsystem. Murphy and Goldsworthy have also become sought-after remix artists -- the DFA name acting as a Good Housekeeping Seal for in-the-know DJs -- and this compilation is a fine example of what the unit bring to the table. Their take on Le Tigre's "Deceptacon" is typical of the DFA approach: Strip it down to a bare groove, then slowly rebuild the track as it goes, in this case adding handclaps, funky clavinet, and a ride cymbal sampled from Daft Punk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger." They replace the guitars on the Blues Explosion's "Mars Arizona" with squelchy analog synths; Soulwax's rocking "No Excuse" now resembles a bongo-crazy Kraftwerk; and only Tim Burgess's "ahhs" are retained from the Chemical Brothers' "The Boxer," which is refashioned into a slinky, ten-minute jam. The tracks here feel more like a collaboration than a series of independently commissioned releases, making The DFA Remixes Chapter One all the more interesting. You can dance to it, too.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Releasing an arsenal of material that even on their worst days is better than most labels on their best, the production duo/label known as DFA has been much in demand for the first half of the 2000s for their signature production aesthetic. But equally as intriguing is their approach to remixes. With an attention to deconstruction and detail, the duo fine-combs original recordings and turns out remixes that are unique and detached from their origin. This ethic is a rare commodity in the dance world, with only a few (Carl Craig, for example) ascending to such notoriety on the strength of remixing. This first in a series of compilations focuses on the early cream of the crop of DFA remixes. And while some of the artists on here are questionable at best, what's staggering about these nine tracks is how much it sounds like a cohesive artist album. Normally remix compilations are erratic and mildly unfocused, but that's certainly not the case here. Some of these tunes have become staples in eclectic DJ sets (Le Tigre, Soulwax, and Metro Area being the most popular) and sound just as fresh as they did nearly five years ago in some cases. Those who missed these gems the first time around would be hard-pressed to find another dance disc in 2006 that rivals the level of quality found here. Another notch in a win column already filled with high marks.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
0094635572629
catalogNumber:
55726

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