Monday, February 22, 2010
BLACK VAN 'YEARNING' (DFA2243)
Black Van brings together the talents and vision of two well-known electronic producers: Kris Menace, whose Discopolis and other releases obtained dancefloor ubiquity, and who has remixed a list of notable names, including Depeche Mode, Royksopp, AIR, Underworld and LCD Soundsystem, and KoweSix, one half of the "all-night-dance-party" DJ duo Moonbootica, whose own remix credits include such diverse names as Mando Diao, Junkie XL and Adam Freeland. This exciting collaboration has yielded an impressive debut single for DFA that combines these two heavyweights' unique musical sensiblities and love of dance music.
"Yearning" takes from both old and new, combining classic, straight-forward electronics in a fresh, new composition. It's all shimmering keys, four-on-the-floor beats and steady bass; the song only stops to take its breath for a few seconds, when all the elements fall out and then slowly rebuild, turning into a sonic supernova of crystalline synths.
Flip the record to hear the Emperor Machine remix that graces Side B. It strips things down, then adds alien lasers, funky guitars and electro-bass, old-skool keys and primal percussion tambourines, cowbells and such to the sound. At its least restless moments, the track settles comfortably into a funk groove and rides it until its natural end before breaking out or breaking down into a percussion-driven rhythm. From Side A to B, the song has been completely transformed and is nearly un-Earthly at its most intense, full-fledged stride.