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This review is from: How To Kill The Dj Part 2 (Audio CD)
The world of electicism is a funny old one in which battles are easy to lose. I've sat on a bus and got into conversation with that girl from work who I quite fancy about what music I was listening to and what sort of stuff I'm into. Instead of reeling off my well prepared speech about my diverse and wide-ranging tastes I muttered 'I just like a bit of everything, really.' I've got into sad on-upmanship with friends in the pub, conversations which start friendly and suddenly take on vicious undertones as each tried to outdo the other in the obscurity stakes. I've made a tape for a girlfriend full of such painfully niche bands that only myself and about two other people in the world would ever take any kind of enjoyment from the compilation. Electicism is a social death trap. You can end up looking like a self-important know-it-all or a vague, non-committal fool. You can end up extracting all the joy that exists in music in the endless persuit of difference and diversity.
How to Kill the DJ Vol.2 is electic. It is also the best mix CD I have heard since the 2 Many DJ's album. JG Wilkes and JD Twitch have put together this 2 disc set (one a proper non-stop mix, split in half in terms of ownership, and one a regular track-by-track downbeat compilation) based on their experiences at Glasgow's Sub Club where they host the weekly Optimo nights. This club is clearly a Cool Club (Franz Ferdinand spent a lot of their pre-breakthough time grooving there) but don't let that put you off. This is a set constucted with not just a DJ's eye for construction and timing, but a music lover's ear for great, great songs.
Disc one is a ful-on club mix which takes in everything from The Cramps psychobilly to Basic Channel's minimal techno to Gang of Four's thrusting punk-funk to Akufen's micro-house and much more besides. While such a range of acts might have appeared to be a recipe for disaster, it is Wilke's and Twitch's skill for sequencing that carries the entire set almost flawlessly. There are moments of pure joy and astonishment like when Hashim's 'Rocking the Planet' seagues into Weather Report's 'New York City' which in turn morphs into the electro-smut of Soft Cell's 'Sex Dwarf' or when Blondie's 'Atomic' enjoys a dirty moment with Nurse With Wounds' 'Two Shaves and a Shine'. The only criticism one could make is that the whole set is fairly unrelenting but you'll probably be having too good a time to notice.
Disc Two is far more downbeat and serves as a perfect contrast to disc one. It is no less diverese and has fantastic gems that one could only hope to stumble across without the aid of CDs like this one. Opening with Angelo Badalamenti's Theme from Mullholland Drive and closing with The Only Ones 'Another girl Another Planet' disc two just gives the listener the goods to do with what they wish. The Monks 'I Hate You', Lee Hazelwood And Nancy Sinatra's lucious 'Some Velvet Morning' and The Creepers brilliant cover of Eno's 'Baby's On Fire' are personal highlights but at the end of the day, there isn't a bad track on the album, a testament to these DJs taste and talent.
Albums like this are proof positive that diversity should a realm in which new joys are discovered, where new sounds spark off each other like clashing pebbles and not an end in itself.