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V/A - DFA Records Compilation #2 (4xLP)
V/A - DFA Records Compilation #2 (4xLP)

V/A - DFA Records Compilation #2 (4xLP)

$99.98

What could have been a mere anthology of the label's uniformly excellent 2004 output is, additionally, a meticulously assembled personal narrative. This is a label that balances its musical and commercial aspirations with an earthy, no-bullshit disposition and-- let's say it-- the world's best fucking handclaps.” - Nick Sylvester, Pitchfork, in the heady days of 2004.


Behold, Compilation #2. A compendium what are arguably the best prime-era DFA cuts, mostly all recorded and/or remixed at the old DFA Studios on W. 13th Street (with some notable exceptions), released as 12-inches and then compiled onto a 3xCD set for convenience because, at the time, people actually bought CDs more than vinyl.

 

Now, in the spirit of time not really being much of a linear thing anymore, and for our own selfish desire to have this version of Liquid Liquid’s “Bellhead,” produced by the DFA, finally committed to wax, we have reverse engineered this thing back onto vinyl and presented it as a four-record boxed set.


We went back and found the master tapes or files for each song - a not insignificant effort given our habit of disorganization. We then rather painstakingly resequenced and remastered it with the guy we trust with such things: Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. The lacquers Bob cut were plated and pressed at what we believe to be one of the best pressing plants in the country: QRP in Salina, Kansas.


We tell you all of this to say: we took this shit pretty seriously. Because we felt like it was important and because we felt like some folks would really appreciate it. It sounds remarkable. It looks great. (Rob Carmichael re-did the original packaging, adding a new photo from DFA OG Tim Saccenti from one of the original parties at W. 13th St.) Of course, we somehow can’t stop ourselves from making labeling errors - Pixeltan’s “That’s the Way I Like It” somehow escaped the center labels on the fourth record. It’s kind of the DFA curse. Has to be!


DFA Compilation #2 Vinyl Tracklist

SIDE A

  1. Black Leotard Front - Casual Friday
SIDE B
  1. J.O.Y. - Sunplus (DFA Remix)
  2. The Juan MacLean - I Robot
  3. The Juan MacLean - Dance Hall Modulator Dub
SIDE C
  1. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - Rise (DFA Remix)
  2. Black Dice - Wasteder
  3. J.O.Y. - Sunplus
SIDE D
  1. LCD Soundsystem - Yeah (Pretentious Version)
  2. The Rapture - Sister Saviour (DFA Dub)
SIDE E
  1. Liquid Liquid - Bellhead
  2. LCD Soundsystem - Yeah (Crass Version)
SIDE F
  1. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - El Monte
  2. The Rapture - Alabama Sunshine
SIDE G
  1. Pixeltan - Get Up / Say What (DFA Remix)
  2. LCD Soundsystem - Beat Connection (Extended Disco Dub)
SIDE H
  1. Pixeltan - That’s The Way I Like It
  2. Black Dice - Endless Happiness (EYE Remix)
  3. The Juan MacLean - Less Than Human
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Details

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Tracklisting:

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This is a heavyweight, 180 gram gatefold 2xLP.  

TRACK LISTING
1. Seconds 
2. american dream 
3. you wanted a hit 
4. get innocuous 
5. call the police 
6. i used to 
7. tonite 
8. home 
9. I Want Your Love 
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2) Futur Parlé
3) Complet Brouillé
4) Les agents des stups
5) Substance M
6) New Path


Essaie Pas
always seek out fresh challenges. Emerging from Montreal’s sprawling electronic scene, the duo - Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau – feel completely free to express themselves, to sketch out hitherto unmapped musical regions.

Essaie Pas has always been about exploring new territories” explains Pierre. “From the very first tapes, to the last one. We don’t want to do the same thing over and over again, – we just need to keep it exciting and to challenge ourselves. Take those experiences, open new boxes and see what happens.”

Forthcoming album ‘New Path’ takes this one step further. The duo’s fifth album to date – and second on powerhouse label DFA Records –is loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, a classic of dystopian science fiction.

“I read the book a long time ago, maybe 15 years ago, and it had a strong impression on me,” explains Pierre. “In our previous work we always looked to music as inspiration in our lives, but this time we felt the desire to try something different, that’s not based on ourselves but on someone else’s universe. It was going to be more conceptual, more political.”

‘New Path’ touches on personal ground, on addiction, loss, and the lingering strength of identity within late capitalism’s mass media paranoia. It pins down the central character’s destructive addiction, using this as a metaphor to explore the dichotomous rupture between our inner lives and our social environment, one that is often fed and soothed by drug abuse, social media, or any kind of dependence.

“I think it touches us on many levels,” Pierre continues. “We can talk about drug addiction issues, we can talk about the mass surveillance world we live in, but there’s also the experience of loss, of grief. I was surprised by how the book felt so modern and accurate to the time we live in right now. Dick’s visions of surveillance are the reality of social control today.”

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The conceptual nature of ‘New Path’ belies the subtle personal shifts within the band. A husband and wife duo, Essaie Pas thrive on freedom, on parting to focus on outside projects in Montreal and Berlin before returning renewed, flushed with fresh inspiration.

“Both personally and for Essaie Pas it’s good that both of us have separate projects,” he explains. “Marie has been constantly touring solo for the last year. On my side I’ve been producing other people’s music (Bernardino Femminielli, Pelada or Sleazy to name a few). Collaborating in the studio with talented people with unique aesthetics and different creative processes is always refreshing as an artist.”

The complexity of the project mirrors the complexities within Essaie Pas’ career to date – forever unpredictable, their wiry, individual sound offers a tangled vision of tomorrow’s aesthetics. “I think this was the main challenge,” muses Pierre. “To adapt what we’ve been doing live thru the last 2 years, which before was always changing, and corner it, make it cohesive”.

Although the duo is continually reinventing themselves, exploring new concepts or addressing political issues, emotions stays the essential aspect of their work. This is cold music for cold times, yet beneath this lies a continual search for the humane.

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LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 - 2xLP

Originally released in 2006.

This album was commissioned by Nike to listen to on an iPod while exercising.

"Complex, fun, and meticulously put together, 45:33 sounds even better pumping from a home stereo than it does through an iPod while jogging". - All Music

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Wikipedia Entry

 Tracklist

A - 45:33

B - 45:33

C - 45:33

D - 45:33

 

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"Thoughtful dancefloor fare... a cosmic, contemporary Human League... 4/5" - The Guardian


"The Future Will Come is something to savour... The Juan MacLean have produced something fantastic" - The Quietus

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2) The Future Will Come
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10) Happy House

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