My attention has been repeatedly directed back to the DFA records camp recently. Their rosta is a veritable galaxy, sparkling with the likes of The Juan Maclean, Holy Ghost! Hercules and Love Affair and Shit Robot. Formed as Death From Above in 2001 by Jonathan Galkin, Tim Goldsworthy (Mo’Wax co-founder) and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, they champion records from beyond Manhattan, but unmistakeably influenced by their Lower East Side party roots.
Both the Jac the Disco and The C90s March mixes start with new boy Michoacan, with the Clap Rules remix of In The Dark of the Night, which more than performs its role as set-starter, with shouty lyrics layered over the sythy bassline. If you, like me, hear the original later, it seems like a slightly tipsy version of the remix, and the huge helping of slap-bass funk conjures images of gold jump suits and enormous hair. It soon becomes easy to recognise this as a characteristic of the DFA sound; DFA disco classics begin to come out of the woodwork wherever you are, and you realise they’ve been there all along.
Out next week is The Crystal Ark’s The City Never Sleeps, and my personal favourite is Ray Mang – Bulletproof, which was released on 25 January, and features Lady Miss Kier of Dee-Lite fame.
They’ve kindly offered a radiomixes section of their site, with a selection of mixtapes going all the way back to 2005, and you can stream their own remixes on your very own radio player here here.
Michoacan – In The Dark of the Night (Clap Rules Remix)