*PRE-ORDER this item ships end of April and is released Friday, May 3rd.
Tracklist: 1) Eric Copeland - Heads (Parris Remix) 2) Eric Copeland - Heads (RAMZi Remix) 3) Eric Copeland - 321 Contact (Lokier Remix) 4) Eric Copeland - Electric Mud (Gerry Read Remix)
After the success of last year’s Mixbone EP, we once again invite four dance music experimentalists to remix Eric Copeland. Where 2017’s Goofballs was the first album recorded in its entirety in Eric’s current home of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and the result of countless hours spent working in the studio, last fall’s Trogg Modal Vol. 1 pushed his 'Freakbeat 4/4' agenda even further, with a sense of humor that bubbles over and out through the speakers. Rife with chunky percussive layers and tweaked loopy vocals, these frenzied, self-described “rippers” are practically designed to be remixed.
Parris (Trilogy Tapes, Hemlock) and RAMZi (RVNG, 12th Isle) both take on the singsongy rhythms of “Heads.” Parris’ take pares down the track, giving it room to glisten and expand, while RAMZi’s paddles along in a characteristically murky, laid-back manner. Lokier (Days Of Being Wild, Spirits) goes in for the jugular with an acidic rework of “321 Contact,” repurposing vocal samples as spooky EBM. Closing out the record is Gerry Read (Aus, Accidental Jnr), who pits the heavy stomp of “Electric Mud” against whizzing frequencies. Newfangled interpretations of tracks that were already out there to begin with.
1) Total Diseases (Subservience) 2) A Likely Projection 3) Text of Intent 4) Taped Hands Here 5) In This Position 6) Ayler The Pilot 7) The Sun Sections
8) Readers & Authors 9) Classifying A Disease
10) Bare Concrete (Itea 97-09)
Larry Gus (real name Panagiotis Melidis) returns to DFA with Subservient, his fourth release for the label. More pop-oriented than his previous albums, Subservient is a lush combination of “crisis funk pop and trad Mediterranean grooves.” Lyrics sung in Greek and English address Larry’s overwhelming struggles with being a father, husband, artist, and human in 2019. In the artist’s own words, this album is about “trying to understand empathy and act with it on everyday life,” as well as “the imperative of empathy above everything else.”
Subservient is sample-free, a first for Larry, who plays every instrument himself: a drum kit, an SM57 microphone, a guitar, a bass, a TE OP-1 synthesizer, and a Roland JV-1010 synth module. This is fourth-world power pop, as if Alex Chilton was produced by Eno and Hassell. The thoughtful, upbeat arrangements and gentle vocals are spacious and warm, and tend to offset whatever darker tone the lyrics might imply. Larry confronts more acute tensions, such as being a father in Greece during the crisis, and the parallels of a child’s sicknesses and adult ailments, as well as larger, more existential pressures – the grasp of nostalgia, the weight and meaning of making decisions, and the desire to move fromhermeticism towards sociability.
The record graciously explores the nuance that can be found within delineated lines: pop and folk music, rooted in Greek tradition; internal anxieties and empathy expressed outward; the tightrope struggle of living in the present and wallowing in the past.
Larry will also be releasing a 7-inch single alongside the album, which features two A-sides, “Kerkis (Judas-Tree)” and “Foreign Steps,” from the same recording sessions as Subservient. The lyrics to “Kerkis (Judas-Tree)” were written by Efthimis Filippou, an award-winning screenwriter known for his work with director Yorgos Lanthimos on films like Dogtooth, The Lobster, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The 7-inch precedes an upcoming audio play, written by Efthimis and scored by Larry, to be produced with the Onassis Stegi (AKA Cultural Center) sometime next year. The audio play will be released on DFA in 2020.
Pre-order, album ships week of September 13th. For purchases outside North and South America, order here. Tracklist: 1) Scirocco 2) Automatic (feat. Peaches) 3) Graffiti In Tehran 4) My Love Is For Real (feat. Haddaway) [Dance Mix] 5) What Is It Like (feat. Pamela Anderson) 6) Rein (feat. Yung Hurn & Egyptian Lover) 7) Put Me In Your Mobile Phone 8) Catalyst 9) My Love Is For Real (feat. Haddaway) [Live At The Cathedral]
Wolfram makes his triumphant return to DFA with Amadeus, a newly refined take on the Euro-disco pop he’s become known for over the past several years. Released by Public Possession overseas, the record takes the spirit of his 2011 debut full-length and focuses it more specifically towards the dance floor, helped as always by a variety of collaborators: Peaches, Haddaway, Egyptian Lover, Yung Hurn, Pamela Anderson, and more. A singular producer and entertainer, but coexisting in many worlds, Wolfram embeds a good sense of humor throughout his music. From the artists he works with, to his distinctively gleaming melodies, as well as his DJ sets at the likes of Robert Johnson, Wilden Renate, and Griessmuehle, Wolfram is a presence like no other.
On Amadeus, Wolfram zeroes in on the most earworm-y aspects of his past work, concentrating it down until we’re left with succinct, dopamine-inducing bangers. Tracks like “Graffiti in Tehran” and “Rein” recall the hi-octane crunch of artists like Daft Punk, while “Automatic” and “My Love Is For Real” both make use of soaring disco piano, taking the listener on a dance floor odyssey. The world he creates is one of high-gloss and high spirits – low brow, high concept with an Italo tinge, creating a unique brand of anthemic futuristic disco. The album begs one to come along for an irresistible ride in a beat-up vintage Ferrari, faux fur-lined bucket seats not included.
Khotin and Yu Su, two key producers from the Vancouver dance scene, take apart four tracks from Guerilla Toss’ 2018 album, Twisted Crystal. Retwisted Crystal is the third release in a series on DFA, following the Giant Claw remix cassette and split release with Orange Milk, as well as the Jay Glass Dubs mixes, a split release cassette with Bokeh Versions.
Khotin (Ghostly, 1080p) starts strong, shattering “Walls of the Universe” in slow motion, laid back on a bed of gentle breakbeats, and then twists “Meteorological” from uptempo Madchester new wave into slow-burning house.
Yu Su (Technicolour, Peoples Potential Unlimited) takes on the queasy prog of “Hacking Machine,” bringing a controlled spun warmth to the mix. Her dub of “Jackie’s Daughter” slightly relaxes the surf rock riffs of the original and brings in a ‘Morricone relaxed at the club’ type vibe. While the original Twisted Crystal LP sent us flying across the sky, Khotin and Yu Su keep it weird and relaxed back here on earth.
Retwisted Crystal is a split cassette release between DFA Records & Khotin Industries.