Monday, November 3, 2008

"Get Your Soulwaxed," by Ryan Rosario

Ryan reports on the sonic blitzkrieg that is Soulwax+2ManyDJs!


Have you ever had a Soulwax? A sonic laser removal of the flesh from your bones and mangled conception of reality into live streaming internet video? It peaks in “Phantom Pt. II (Soulwax Nite Versions remix),” and that fucking breakdown into silence that bugs the shit out of music snobs until they remember how much the final buildup of digitized bass licks and Roman Catholic chapel synths makes them want to geek like new tracks on blogspots. This is my first spot for Mezzanine, and I highly recommend this track on vinyl 12” over 320 kbps because DJs still gotta have wax on their hands.

First off, Thursdays are the new Fridays. There is just something about S.H.I.T. that makes me believe Part of the Weekend Never Dies. The hour-long documentary/video coverage filmed on one camera (f’real!?) during the 2005 through 2007 Soulwax tour/studio/interview movie was a voyeuristic endeavor into the core of Soulwax. It built me up and let me down like sex in a bathroom stall. “E Talking” was their 2006 music video that was banned from European television because it depicted hella kids on hella drugs being hella real at London venue Fabric. If that video was a hardcore porno, Weekend was the stolen sex tape from your next-door neighbors…best watched with 200 other people.

With a serious chubby as a result from that film and armed with a fresh Red Stripe, I was ready for the music from opening DJs JDH and Dave P from New York City. I LOVE NEW YORK DISCO TECHNO! They got that boogey-down shit on point like Republicans and oil. Their ’tween sets were refreshing for all the heads – enough to make me buy a red-eye to NYC and catch them at their monthly party called Fixed.

Soulwax & Nite Versions equal David and Stephen Dewaele, Stefaan Van Leuven, and Steve Slingeneyer. Their all white ensemble and proper bow ties let us know that things were going to get sweaty. My favorite was the LCD Soundsystem Nite Versions cover of “Get Innocuous.” I’m going to have that song stuck in my head for a minute, I’m sure. Instead of an encore, the Dewaele brothers decided to close as 2ManyDJs. In the day and age of recently acquired Serato DJs and Abelton live computer sets, it was refreshing to watch the Dewaele brothers bring the heat with real wax. Flipping records and riding the pitch control brought me to full mast as I suddenly realized I was poking through like a Florida voters’ booth. After a careful zip-up and realization that I was dancing commando, girls started sprinkling the stage. Everyone went COMPLETELY APE SHIT when the biggest dude in the smallest pink striped polo jumped on stage and shamelessly sang out his underbelly. As the crack in the dam that had finally been unleashed, soon the stage mob rivaled the dance floor onlookers.

This was my first live Soulwax/2ManyDJs experience, and I know it won’t be my last.

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