Various Artists - Disc Jockey (review) "I wish it featured some dust at the end so the imaginable needle would skip all the way to the front and play the featured tracks all over again"
The first track on this compilation is the one that inspired label owner Harco Rutgers to invite a select group of artists to make a track about Disc Jockeys. Together they bring the phenomena of the DJ in all aspects, from the use of samples, humor, sound structures, positive and critical persiflages, to the seriously unexpected.
Bedhelm’s “De DJ Is Een Mietje”, is what you might call the perfect track for an experimental DJ to play and make the blitz. It has everything that could make the record spinning ‘artist’ look cool. Chopped up, a bad ass rhythm, glorious affective synth use and thrilling baselines. All compromising the undermining hilarious statement that is being hinted through the Dutch lyrics.
Jonas brings a fine relaxed mixed up chill out track to the DJ booth. Sweet samples (probably recorded from vintage vinyl) are being delightfully rearranged to create a self adoring state of DJ heaven. This is the music that prefers to be played by DJ’s while chilling out in a bath of Rosemary and wine.
Teleferick brings a lonely stylus in the canyon of grooves. It shows the more sentimental part of the technique that is behind DJ’s. It gives the listener food for thought while listening to the mechanical sounds behind the recognizable dust clicks.
A dry mouth of wonder might appear, but the work of X-Static Tics will fill it up again with saliva while showcasing the DieJay Hardware Replay in all it’s full glory and nakedness.
Artist Wieman brings a collection of information and facts about the pleasures of the DJ and their tools. Some all loving vinyl scratches seems to compliment a mechanical heaven of warmth. Is this the sound secret unveiled behind the success of DeeJays? Or is this just a warm up for the real glow of dust and sparkles created within the experimental track by Kris Kelvin? The work features the essence of a vinyl record, stretched under a microscope to team up with the never disappointing steam train beats of modern dance music. This is deep stuff and it’s hard work not to move to this fine groove. Here we go party people, wave one hand in the air and place the other one happily on the shoulder of the random club party goer and join the polonaise!
Than a different alternative dance mood to rock out on is coming out of the creative mind of Yop. A little criticism is spotted in the lyrics but it stays festive and positive within these fine vibes.
A lovely dutch electropop tune with poetic lyrics complimenting the baby’s of mother DJ, is an instant personal favorite. The vocals are sung in such a lovable way and the music is actually spot on in delivering a dance track with added sweetness and creativity, that it wouldn’t look out of place at a local electro night.
When you thought to have reached DJ satisfaction, artist Xaf turns every household into a dancing mania. Xaf got hold of the secret of groove and shoves it down with great fun and energy through the speakers of your choice. If there is a problem, you don’t call the A-team, but Xaf, as he definitely knows how to fix it!
Jos Smolders has put on his latex gloves in order to do some deep research into the scene of drvg cvlture. As enthusiastic as this artist is, it doesn’t come as a surprise that he dives into it a little too deep. With scalpel and a dedicated fist he dives into the internal tunnels of dance floor music, pulling out the core and shows its findings in his part of this compilation.
Micheal Fakesch doesn’t go in with his complete hand but uses someone else their fingers to create his take on the wide range that the Disc Jockey concept has to offer. He brings a mister Oizo-ish freaky baseline, tight funky electro beats and old school scratching to the mix.
A relative close friend of mine (Toxic Chicken) teams up with underground producer/writer Ech(o), to perform a spontaneous love making gesture to a larger than life deejay super star with a well known prominent toothpaste smile.
Radboud Mens takes over with some feel good minimal dance music. Behind it’s steady groove you can discover some fine hypnotic crisper sounds. This is probably the perfect companionship while cutting up vinyl into little pieces.
The longest artist name on this compilation is the one of Bruno Ferro Xavier Da Silva. He gives the listener a calming tour through the radio ether-waves, relaxing the ears along the way with a nice warm flow.
Kalima featuring an unannounced guest keeps the flows flowing, but this time with with a cool track that breaths out a positive vibe that compliments the disc jockey in a friendly way. The words are clear and the music is sweet, give them some applause ’cause they deserved it!
A lovely track by Gluid is keeping this section very humane and friendly. This work features someone called ‘Andrei’, who lends his voice to guide the listener through a warm lucid poetic dream, with personal thoughts about music in a melodic test tube of prettiness.
The last track on this ‘Disc Jockey’ themed compilation is one by Jeroen Diepenmaat. The sound crackles of vinyl have appeared on many of the previous heard tracks, yet sublime and almost hidden as tiny minimal hints of nostalgia. Jeroen doesn’t hide these crackles away, but rather puts them under a magnifier and celebrates the sound in all it’s full glory.
With this sound in mind I wish that the compilation featured some dust at the end so the imaginable needle would skip all the way to the front and play the featured tracks all over again. Be free to check Disc Jockey out as I’m sure there is something on there for everybody that has, or has no affection with the Disc Jockey phenomenon.