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Terre Thaemlitz is a fairly radical activist speaker on all things queer and transgender, always doing some kind of workshop or other. I previously had her down as one of those people, ripe with ideas, fighting against mainstream values and ideals but never achieving much of listenability with her music. I was made to eat my socks when I heard her work as DJ Sprinkles which is a tremendously fleet footed take on soft trance like house, creating the most gorgeous late night twinkling atmospheres that you could just lose yourself in for eternity.
This album is a collection of remixes for various artists including Parallex Beat Brothers, Ok Yoko, Ducktails and loads of names I’ve not come across but its not just your standard remix album. Sprinkles shifts the sound so radically that this could easily pass for a brand new album. Opener June ‘Lost Area’ exemplifies everything great about this music. The beats are solid with congo/bongo type inflections and vocal samples are liberally applied but its when the gorgeous synth pads are introduced that the mix really takes hold.
You could compare this to a lot of the old school techno/house comps we hazily remember from our youth with its acidy squiggles and soul-lite vocals but theres something at work here that transcends all that. Its just so bloody inventive, the only criticism I sometimes make of this work is that the mixes are often too busy with too much going on when you’d rather something sleek and spacious but thats a minor quibble with music that is so life affirming. Some of the mixes are a little harder and less melodic than the sounds found on the gorgeous ‘Midtown 120’ album, focussing a little more on beatwork and less on the thrillingly lush evocations, the OK Yoko mix previously heard on last weeks 12” teaser is particularly effecting with its haunting synths and eerie dislocated voice.
Perfect evocative dance music and coming on double CD its the sort of thing you can out on on a friday evening, slowly sink down a beer and watch the sun slowly set as darkness takes hold.
10/10 Alex Customer review, 22nd June 2013
Deep deep deep, and deep. Sprinkles 'Midtown 120' is stone cold and recent 'Where Dancefloors Stand Still' mix album a beauty. This guy is peerless when it comes to house MUSIC. Much like John Roberts, Sprinkles is in a small circle of producers that make house that is also real, emotional music with depth. Yes I know any dunce can say all music is emotional and the latent feeling from house is euphoria etc etc but the point is very few house producers genuinely tap a scale of emotions, and fewer still can cover feelings like melancholy and nostalgia whilst locking in a groove that makes it impossible to sit still.
Two cd's and almost two and a half hours of heart-and-soul house music. The tracks here are more dance-orientated than on 'Midtown' and that is no bad thing. I use the term 'dance-orientated' loosely as for those that are familiar with Terre's brand of music know, its a deeper more cerebral affair. To be honest, this review is purely aimed at those who don't know, because anyone who copped 'Midtown' or 'Where Dancefloors...' will have already ordered this. If any of those people haven't then I expect they have recently had a brainarectomy or have joined the church of scientology. If you are disillusioned with the state of dance music or someone with a love of music that talks to your soul, brain and feet buy on sight. This is music that genuinely makes you feel good.
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