Art by Lukira (site down, currently)
This past Friday night Justice tore it up at Smart Bar in Chicago. Rather than perform live they opted for a dj set — a wise choice, as they’ve mastered the talent of packing dance floors. Their selections were impeccable, encapsulating all the most sweat-worthy tracks from the reborn genre they’ve unwittingly spearheaded. While they didn’t play “D.A.N.C.E.,” which I was most stoked to hear, they resurrected a heavy jam ready for fresh spins: Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing In the Name.” Who knew everyone wanted to mosh so bad? Justice played us out with “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To,” a “sorry we have to leave you at 3 am, catch you at Coachella” send off which left many with only smiles on their damp faces. This was the first concert I’d promised myself not to “cover” for anyone in a while. Blurb aside, it was nice to just be a participant again. Edit: Nick Sylvester points out Erol Alkan has been ending sets with RATM for years now; good catch.
Dada Life, “The Great Fashionista Swindle” (Serge Santiago remix) [Rise]
Einmusik, “Jittery Heritage” (Dominik Eulberg remix) [Nebula]
The Rice Twins, “Poppers” [Kompakt]
Recently reviewed LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver and the remixes of Chromeo’s “Fancy Footwork” for RA; check those out if you’re interested. Have another big feature coming through the pipes I’ll be posting about shortly. For a good read about an excellent single, check out Janet Leyton-Grant’s review of Substance & Vainqueur’s “Reverberation/Reverberate.”