Strictly 4 My Underground Homo Deep House Thugs: DJ Sprinkles - Midtown 120 Blues

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Pete Chambers from mnml ssgs got me onto this: Terre Thaemlitz as his politically charged deep house alter ego DJ Sprinkles makes an album of absolutely gorgeous, lustrous deep house, strewn with embittered soundbytes railing against the disenfranchisement of gay/transgender/black/hispanic house fans by capitalism, in particular Madonna, who gets targeted for particular ire owing to "Vogue". People might be familiar with earlier (and also fab) release "Sloppy 42nds".

Thematically it's like a queer-Pipecock, but musically it's totally undeniable - like Moodymann meets Playhouse meets really lush stuff like early Deep Dish or Dubtribe Sound System at their best. Lots of tinkling pianos, ear-tickling rhythms, and melodies that swell up irresistibly like a good pill. In particular "Sisters, I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To" is like peaking into the mind of God.


Tim F, Thursday, 13 November 2008 09:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Where do I hear some of this stuff?

mr. mayan end times guy (The Reverend), Thursday, 13 November 2008 10:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is the best I could find: some instrumental samples from the first two singles. The album isn't out until January, and it's on a Japanese label. (Terre Thaemlitz lives in Japan.) Might be tricky to track down, which is a shame as I like what I'm hearing.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 13 November 2008 10:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wondering if I can vote for this this year or if I should wait until next year. It's def. top ten material after only one listen.

Tim F, Thursday, 13 November 2008 10:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

thread title of the year

WHALE WARS (jabba hands), Thursday, 13 November 2008 11:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

The other record this reminds me of: the first Maurice Fulton. Alla that plush shit.

Tim F, Thursday, 13 November 2008 11:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Put onto this by Tim F, and he's right, it's an incredible record, absolutely lush. Also worth hearing the Sprinkles remix of Ultra-Red, which you can get to from here:

Re: the Madonna "Vogue" thing, Thaemlitz has been on that for at least a decade, something I was reminded of while re-reading his liner notes to Love For Sale - Taking Stock In Our Pride (on which he also re-versioned earlier Sprinkles track "Sloppy 42nds"):

'...A condition which entered a downward spiral during the early '90s with Madonna's "Vogue", in which most of the Queer community had no problem with her representing a dance form deeply rooted in African-American and Latino Transgendered communities with the phrase, "it doesn't matter if you're Black of White, if you're a boy or a girl."'

jon dale, Saturday, 29 November 2008 13:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've said it before.. Thaemlitz is gifted. One of the few artists where the whole discography is essential. Glad to see Mule is getting his work wider appeal, the earlier Mille Plateaux and his own Comatonse output is wonderful too.

mmmm, Saturday, 29 November 2008 17:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

this is dope thnx tim!!

deej, Saturday, 29 November 2008 18:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

LWE has a review of this up now:

matt2, Thursday, 11 December 2008 19:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Very, very good. Reminds me of both Silentintroduction and Pansoul. Check it out...

Treblekicker, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

awful gay, political deep house music.

what U cry 4 (jim), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 20:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

seriously though, pretty good in places. House Music Is Controllable Desire You Can Own is a jam.

what U cry 4 (jim), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 20:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

this is dope thnx tim!!

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t_g, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 20:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

also good: that song hush now which is on some compilation

t_g, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 20:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's available for free on Terre Thaemlitz's home page.

What I like is the way it loops 'hush now' at first and then 'silence = death' towards the end playing one off against the other. Again, as with the DJ Sprinkles record, the concept explained sounds laboured and like it's going to be dreadful listening, despite the worthiness of the concept, but the execution is so flawless that it works. I guess it reminds me of Matmos in this. The concepts always had the potential to make for dull music but they were never second to the sound.

Treblekicker, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 21:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

thakig u tim

the HOOS from the hilarious internet connection (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 21:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

can't wait to hear this. i picked up the you again? comp earlier this year and it is ace (i don't know about "peaking into the mind of god" ace, but v good nonetheless)

also, search "class" (loco dice remix) by social material (another TT alias)

tricky, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 21:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

this sounds good

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 23:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I should probably listen to this.

these bitches they hatin cuz i just put my new weave in (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 23:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also, RE: Madonna's "Vogue" - that song has always bothered me, particularly the bridge when she starts rattling off all of these icons of beauty and they're all white. I mean, "Rita Hayworth gave good face"? Really? :| Anyway, I read a piece on this by Essex Hemphill that was great, let me see if I can find.

these bitches they hatin cuz i just put my new weave in (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 23:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Rita Hayworth was half Spanish.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 18 December 2008 21:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

HOOS is mexican btw

K DEF FROM REAL LIVE (deej), Thursday, 18 December 2008 21:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

the criticism is not that all the people mentioned in vogue are white, it's more about the lyrics "It makes no difference if you're black or white
If you're a boy or a girl".

what U cry 4 (jim), Thursday, 18 December 2008 21:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

what thaemlitz is clearly having a go at is the appropriation of a gay/black/latino artform by madonna. To then tell these people that these things which they identify themselves with don't matter could be seen as a bit of a kick in the teeth.

great album though, i dismissed his ouput and a lot of force/mille stuff cos i was a grumpy litlle techno/idm fella, really up for revisiting

straightola, Thursday, 18 December 2008 21:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Rita Hayworth was half Spanish.

― Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 18 December 2008 21:03 (28 minutes ago)

Errr... what is your point.

Anyway, here is the Hemphill criticism I was talking about, I had to type it up since I couldn't find it online but it's from a piece entitled "To Be Real":

...But from Madonna, the legendary "material girl," the raider, the plunderer, you will never hear acknowledgment of the fact that voguing grew out of Black and Puerto Rican gay ball communities.
Her "Vogue" song, a commercial hit, was an insult to these communities because the litany of names she calls in the song as representative of the style and attitude deliberately excludes Blacks and Puerto Ricans. Obviously Madonna must believe that Blacks and Puerto Ricans have contributed nothing to the theater of style and attitude originating in this country, since names like Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge, and Celia Cruz are conspicuously absent from her list of the beautiful ones.
Black gay British filmmaker Isaac Julien raised an important issue regarding Black art and culture... he said, "I'm more interested in questions concerning the commodification of Black art and culture. I think questions such as commodification provide a more realistic analysis and critique of Black art as we approach the end of the twentieth century." Not only are questions of commodification more critical then we may yet realize, but urgent questions about American and Western cultural appropriations of those it despises, marginalizes, and disempowers also emerge from the interrogation Julien suggests.

Also, bell hooks has some interesting criticisms RE: racial politics & Madonna. I think it's a pretty interesting topic of discussion, even though it doesn't stop me from enjoying her music.

these bitches they hatin cuz i just put my new weave in (The Brainwasher), Thursday, 18 December 2008 21:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

not bad

Usic of My Mind (The Reverend), Friday, 19 December 2008 05:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

This fucking album. I'm 3 minutes in and just, yeah. . .

It's good to know that Ball'r, first heard last year, is probably going to be still at least top 5 of 09 at the end of the year.

mehlt, Sunday, 22 February 2009 01:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

So completely rules my best of 2009 already after half a day of constant listening !

Tannenbaum Schmidt, Thursday, 25 June 2009 22:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

so yeah this is really beautiful

❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉Plaxico❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉ (I know, right?), Thursday, 25 June 2009 23:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

this grew on me in a big way. grand central part one! it's extremely referential, which is usually annoying, but it just works.

elan, Friday, 26 June 2009 00:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Huh? @ gays being offended by "Vogue," which is like the gayest song Madonna's ever done (the whole "Stroke a pose" thing). I'd think they'd be more pissed at, say, "La Isla Bonita" ("...where a GIRL loves a BOY and a BOY loves a GIRL.")

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 26 June 2009 01:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

not getting it

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 26 June 2009 01:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

ignore the tracks with the spoken word and just check out the endless hall/house of mirrors

got this on CD in japan at tower this summer and I've been digging it too, it's pretty classic terre stuff, I think, reminds me of other comatonse things

Neotropical pygmy squirrel, Friday, 26 June 2009 01:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

the sample from shadows and fog on "grand central station pt. ii" is so excellently deployed

susan fassbender (donna rouge), Friday, 26 June 2009 02:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lol "stroke a pose"

Tim F, Friday, 26 June 2009 04:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

been meaning to check this out but been wary because his old ambient house stuff sucks so bad. i love "lovebomb" and "couture cosmetique" and dig "means to an end" but this guy crawled so far up his own asshole intellectually that it's hard for me to think he could let it all go and get into a deep house thing. but tim f's description at the top makes it sound pretty successful.

i know there's a main thaemlitz thread around here but let me just say that the 2nd track of lovebomb, where he autotunes some revolutionary radio propaganda broadcast to minnie riperton's "loving you" needs to be put in the smithsonian or something

winston, Friday, 26 June 2009 04:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

Leaving aside the monologues (mostly mixed very low so you can ignore them if you want to) there's actually something oddly... anonymous about this album?

Which I don't mean as a diss, more like: in spite of all the conceptual baggage that attaches to thaemlitz generally and this album specifically, the music itself is really just trying to be the best of its type, the kind of thing any house producer would be really really proud of having made.

Which is my roundabout way of saying i think you'd like it notwithstanding your concerns, winston.

Tim F, Friday, 26 June 2009 07:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

omg haha

When Madonna came out with her hit "Vogue" you knew it was over. She had taken a very specifically queer, transgendered, Latino and African-American phenomenon and totally erased that context with her lyrics, "It makes no difference if you're black or white, if you're a boy or a girl." Madonna was taking in tons of money, while the Queen who actually taught her how to vogue sat before me in the club, strung out, depressed and broke. So if anybody requested "Vogue" or any other Madonna track, I told them, "No, this is a Madonna-free zone! And as long as I'm DJ-ing, you will not be allowed to vogue to the decontextualized, reified, corporatized, liberalized, neutralized, asexualized, re-genderized pop reflection of this dance floor's reality!"

❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉Plaxico❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉ (I know, right?), Friday, 26 June 2009 10:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's good that it's mixed so low

elan, Friday, 26 June 2009 15:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

i'm fine with the lyrics applied in madonna's case but it's always been specifically the case of the pop star voguing and the homos on the side as back up dancers for it (continuing to this day re: beyonce, lady gaga) that just seems off and awkward

fauxmarc, Friday, 26 June 2009 21:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

the sample from shadows and fog on "grand central station pt. ii" is so excellently deployed

― susan fassbender (donna rouge), Friday, 26 June 2009 02:24 (Yesterday)

More info on this please.

Tannenbaum Schmidt, Saturday, 27 June 2009 13:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

when I see him out there, in his make-up, getting knocked around and falling in a big tub of water with all the people laughing, I can only think "he must have suffered so to act like that"

❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉Plaxico❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉ (I know, right?), Saturday, 27 June 2009 19:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

"it's good that it's mixed so low"

yeah but the whole album is mixed that way, on purpose so say the liner notes. it's amazing that it doesn't turn into complete sludge. i haven't heard anything from 2009 that sounds like this, although i might put it into the whole "aquatic" faction of dance music (maybe political non-fiction to drexciya's sci-fi and chain reaction's stalagmitic explorations. maybe.).

society for cutting up (tricky), Saturday, 27 June 2009 21:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

fuck, i'm scaring myself now by thinking "what if I'd never come across this album...."

aamazingly, in the same week that i picked this up, also got Round Two - "New Day" , which I'd completely missed out on. Fuuuucccccck! Goosebumps, within 5 seconds.

Tannenbaum Schmidt, Sunday, 28 June 2009 01:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

i'll co-sign on this album. easily among my favorite full-length bobbins of 2009, even if it did come out in 08

psychgawsple, Sunday, 28 June 2009 02:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've read that Terre Thaemlitz made this as a reaction/reflection to the current/a recent deephouse revival. Have I missed this? Without derailing this thread too much, what's been going on that's worth checking (all I seem to hear my way in revival terms was disco and prog/kraut influences for the last 12 months)

Tannenbaum Schmidt, Sunday, 28 June 2009 03:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh, the MCDE (Motor City Drum Ensemble) mixes of "Grand Central Part 1 (Deep Into The Bowel of House) are killer also, especially the "Raw mix"

Tannenbaum Schmidt, Sunday, 28 June 2009 03:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

Might be worth noting that there's a letter from Terre Thaemlitz in the July issue of Harper's - about Catholic ROTC military academies.

with hidden noise, Monday, 29 June 2009 13:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

can you c+p for nonsubscribers?

elan, Monday, 29 June 2009 18:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

"I do have concerns with file sharing, but they are not about economics, nor authorship rights. Rather, they are about an eradication of any specificity of context and audience that occurs when information is shared through populist models of making all information available to everyone."

skip, Thursday, 17 December 2015 15:51 (three years ago) Permalink

seems like addressing it to me

Über, Über mensch (wins), Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Was gonna say

djfartin (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:39 (three years ago) Permalink

I guess... maybe I just disagree with the argument

skip, Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:58 (three years ago) Permalink

Everyone already knows the financial and copyright arguments for and against. It's actually v interesting how he chooses to reframe the argument.

Whoremonger (jed_), Thursday, 17 December 2015 18:18 (three years ago) Permalink

For what it's worth I used the male pronoun there not out of disrespect nor really carelessness (more like an absence of thinking about it) but I'm aware of using it now, in retrospect. A couple of years ago I was at a seminar where Terre spoke at different points over the weekend that it lasted where he basically stated that male/female pronouns meant very little to him personally, while conceding that they might rightly mean a lot to others, and that he slips between he and she so often that s/he doesn't particularly expect others to "catch up" on that, so to speak. I mean, he's an amazing writer and thinker and I'm paraphrasing wildly and his explanation was much greater but he was basically stating that people might get caught up on that one thing (pronouns) while missing other important aspects. As long as you don't use "he/him" disrespectfully with others, of course.

Whoremonger (jed_), Friday, 18 December 2015 02:26 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah i thought i remembered him saying that but i was too lazy to search for it and i didn't want to look gauche tbh, thanks for sharing.

COOMBES (mattresslessness), Friday, 18 December 2015 03:39 (three years ago) Permalink

I do think, though, that it's a relevant analogue to his concerns about streaming and file sharing - ie people getting caught up on one aspect to the extent that they completely miss another important aspect. If I could remember better I could maybe explain it better but, really, I've rarely read an essay of Terre's where he hasn't said something that's totally done that thing he does, so seemingly casually, where he says - ok we know that but that but I'm more focussed on this other aspect that no one talks about.... I really do think he's one of the best thinkers and communicators in current culture.

I met him after that seminar I mentioned and he was so nice but nice in a completely disarming way, like you went up to him shyly to say "thanks for the talk" and five minutes later you're having a no-bullshit discussion about multiple topics and he was always interested and made you feel like anything you said was worthwhile.

He's truly a hero of mine.

Whoremonger (jed_), Friday, 18 December 2015 04:27 (three years ago) Permalink

Did she like being a d.j.? Was it fun? “That’s kind of inconsequential for me,” she said. What, I asked, if I used a different word—fulfilling, rewarding, interesting? “These are all horrible words, just, like, meaningless words,” she replied, “or they have the wrong meaning. They all lead towards this desire to identify cultural producers, media producers, musicians, artists, as these fulfilled people who are somehow outside of the standard agonies of labor production. You know—they ‘enjoy what they do.’ If you’re in any of these fields, and you complain about your job, people say, ‘What are you talking about? You do it because you love it, right?’ If you’re a computer programmer, and you say, ‘I fucking hate my job,’ nobody’s going to interrogate you on that. For me, this idea of job-hating as economic critique is really necessary in the media industries.”

from the new yorker link upthread, stuck with me.

home organ, Friday, 18 December 2015 04:46 (three years ago) Permalink

She raised her eyebrows and gestured to me. “Writing, too,” she said. “You know: these are industries that rely on volunteerism. They rely on people agreeing to do things for little to no money just to ‘get out there.’ There is the worst kind of economic exploitation going on around these industries that supposedly represent the people who are the most liberated and in harmony between what they do and how they survive. This is a real irony that has to be exploded, immediately. That’s why I’m totally uninterested in the language of optimism and fulfillment and all of this fucking, you know, capitalist bullshit. It’s like, No. This world fucking sucks. Work sucks. It’s O.K. to admit that. We need to admit that to get to the better conversations, right?”

Whoremonger (jed_), Friday, 18 December 2015 05:04 (three years ago) Permalink

Still, must be a pretty sweet gig, right? ;)

MikoMcha, Friday, 18 December 2015 07:15 (three years ago) Permalink

maybe, but "creative" work has become more proletarianized for sure, and the extent to which that's relative and plastic and changing is worth interrogating.

home organ, Monday, 21 December 2015 04:55 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Because I enjoyed "Shishapangma" so much (never having totally "got" TT/Sprinkles before), I splashed out £££ on the two Fresh Insight 12" EPs, and DAMN it was money well spent. Sonically, they're immaculate - that BASS! - and I can't think of any other recent vinyl purchases that sound quite so fine. But what really fascinates/thrills me is the way that the Tony Benn speech on "Fresh" sits so perfectly on/around the beat throughout. Either there's been some very skilful editing, or - and this seems more likely - there's an instinctive rhythm to Benn's speech pattern that the track has amplified. Either way, it's extraordinary.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 10 January 2016 14:15 (three years ago) Permalink

was v much looking to dj sprinkles in london on new year's day, but left feeling completely alienated by the most str8 boi dancefloor i've seen in years

lazy rascals, spending their substance, and more, in riotous living (Merdeyeux), Sunday, 10 January 2016 14:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Mike, I think that it's micro-edited to make the occasional word fall a bit better but I suspect that they hear a speech of a particular rhythm and pace and decide to make a track around it rather than seek out speeches and make them fit.

Whoremonger (jed_), Sunday, 10 January 2016 15:36 (three years ago) Permalink

For whatever reason neither of the Fresh Insights 12"s have ~clicked~ for me, even though I luvvvvv pretty much everything TT does, and (well, I've never really listened to Mark Fell qua Mark Fell, but I luvvvv SND). The idea of combining the former's play on house signifiers with the latter's bleeding edge sound design, set to things like Arthur Scargill speeches, is theoretically maybe the best record to ever be made, but I haven't felt it (maybe I just need to not listen to low-res samples on laptop speakers?).

But thanks for pointing out Shishapangma, for which I ordered it a couple of days ago.

ed.b, Sunday, 10 January 2016 18:12 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

i'm giving queerifications & ruins a go on a new little onkyo cd micro system i got, haven't had something like that in a while, and wow it's really surprising me. all the elements that sounded like a mess to me before are clicking into place, it's really idiosyncratic and complex... and like i'm finally feeling "woah that is a bonkers beat" to a dj sprinkles track. shamefully i've never owned midtown 120 blues on cd. i think i need to rectify that.

mom us (map), Thursday, 21 July 2016 03:05 (two years ago) Permalink

its really expensive :(

just sayin, Thursday, 21 July 2016 04:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Q&R is one of those releases which, like, you know it's amazing but kind of take that for granted (like, "well of course a collection of DJ Sprinkles remixes is gonna be awesome"), and then you listen to it again and think "hey wait actually this really is some of the most amazing music ever devised."

Tim F, Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Midtown 120 Blues has been issued on CD three times and it always goes out of print really quickly (was lucky enough to get a copy of the 2012 version). One of my favourite albums of all time. I completely missed out on Q&R though and that's going for £40+ now.

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 21 July 2016 08:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Wow, I'm glad I bought those two records when they came out... Haven't really seen prices go so up for recent(ish) CDs, beyond the FAX label catalogue.

Looks like you can still get a copy of the Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion album on Discogs for a decent price, I'd recommend acquiring it while you still can, it's almost as good as Midtown 120.

Tuomas, Thursday, 21 July 2016 09:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Comatonse has both Midtown 120 and Queerifications for reasonable prices btw

Priory, Thursday, 21 July 2016 14:38 (two years ago) Permalink

DJ Sprinkles is in Glasgow in a couple of weeks, 14th August at Berkeley Suite - is anyone going? Jed?

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Sunday, 31 July 2016 21:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Yes, Kraków, fancy a mini fap before? Will arrange on Facebook.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Sunday, 31 July 2016 21:35 (two years ago) Permalink

I'll probably be going even though it's a Sunday. I saw her at Subculture a few years ago and she was terrific

I'm also hoping that fap means something different in this context from what it usually means

paolo, Sunday, 31 July 2016 22:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Ha! It's an old school Ilx term for a meet up of ilxors. It stands for fancy a pint?

Paolo, fancy a pint?

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Sunday, 31 July 2016 22:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Jeez, just looked up what fap means outside of Ilx.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Sunday, 31 July 2016 22:58 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah OK. ILX Deep House Thug meetup!

paolo, Monday, 1 August 2016 08:32 (two years ago) Permalink

That would be great jed. I'm keen to go, but my club experience is basically nil, so I'll definitely need encouragement and friendly faces!

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Monday, 1 August 2016 08:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Terrific. We can arrange shortly before then!

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Monday, 1 August 2016 12:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Took the plunge, ticket bought!

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Monday, 1 August 2016 14:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Great! The Berkeley has an upstairs bar and sit down area which is pretty chill.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Monday, 1 August 2016 19:37 (two years ago) Permalink

I think Mr and Mrs Arika might be going too?

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Monday, 1 August 2016 19:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it would be nice to see them too if they are. I'll drop them a line.

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Monday, 1 August 2016 22:43 (two years ago) Permalink

So who's up for this? Me and fellow ilxor MrAndyM are heading along

paolo, Saturday, 13 August 2016 19:22 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm still in.

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Saturday, 13 August 2016 19:52 (two years ago) Permalink

The clips of this are sounding good -

45 Minute doublepack featuring some of the most engrossing House music you'll likely hear this year or any other - First in a series of three releases pairing original material by Will Long with DJ Sprinkles’ overdubs.

Tokyo, Japan-based American artists, Will Long and DJ Sprinkles, present sublime, durational deep house studies examining the dancefloor in light of contemporary socio-political inequalities and failed illusions of ‘Revolution’ and ‘Progression’.

It begins a series of three vinyl sets and eventually a 2CD package that effectively compare deep house’s original, economical aesthetics and function as the soundtrack to marginalised society, with its current position; repackaging and overproducing the same old ideas with empty sloganeering, operating as the catalyst of social trends, rather than an agent of social transformation.

They both make their point subtly but clearly. Two sides feature extended 10+ minute tracks by Will Long, created using relatively minimal means of rhythm composer percussion, polyphonic synth chords, and rack sampler vocals, while the other two sides provide overdub Sprinkles versions.

The beautifully absorbing results - which sound miles away from Long’s gentler ambient and experimental work - prove that it is possible to elicit subtle yet optimal responses with a well-selected palette of grooves and samples, in this case from Jesse Jackson and Rap Brown, rather than current vogue for showmanship and more-as-more arrangements.

DJ Sprinkles' overdubbed contributions quite literally and psycho-acoustically resonate that intention, tactfully rending a farther, lush physicality and soulfulness thru deftly applied daubs of glutinous subbass pressure, airy strings and subtly shimmering FX, really offsetting Long's trax in a whole other dimension; and via disciplined, stripped-down, full-bodied production values that rank as perhaps the deepest yet in Sprinkles’ already perfectly formed canon.

They could be taken as a call for humbleness and meditative efficiency over cliched buildups and preening vanities, perhaps a comment on “deep" house as the equivalent of a fresh tattoo or sweatshop t-shirt slogan.

Because, you know, it really does stand for a lot more.

paolo, Thursday, 18 August 2016 17:08 (two years ago) Permalink

Is that Celer's Will Long? Excited for this!

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 19 August 2016 08:01 (two years ago) Permalink


KitevsPill, Friday, 19 August 2016 16:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Mine arrived this morning. Gorgeous. The two Will Long tracks - "Time Has Come" (with a sampled fragment of Jesse Jackson) and "Chumps" (with a sampled fragment of Rap Brown) - are sparse and elemental, very much in the Sprinkles ballpark. Each track is embellished by Sprinkles on the flip, with customarily astonishing sonic range - enveloping sub-bass and parts that somehow sound 3D - which does kind of justify the continued digital refusenik stance. ("Protect the minor - do not upload" on the label.)

mike t-diva, Saturday, 20 August 2016 19:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Mine arrived this morning. Gorgeous. The two Will Long tracks - "Time Has Come" (with a sampled fragment of Jesse Jackson) and "Chumps" (with a sampled fragment of Rap Brown) - are sparse and elemental, very much in the Sprinkles ballpark. Each track is embellished by Sprinkles on the flip, with customarily astonishing sonic range - enveloping sub-bass and parts that somehow sound 3D - which does kind of justify the continued digital refusenik stance. ("Protect the minor - do not upload" on the label.)

mike t-diva, Saturday, 20 August 2016 19:30 (two years ago) Permalink

i like sprinkles but that press release is one of the worst i've ever read

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Saturday, 20 August 2016 19:39 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Both of these EPs are absolutely gorgeous

paolo, Monday, 12 September 2016 18:15 (two years ago) Permalink

xp I really like Boomkat's gushing, over the top Pseuds Corner style write ups. Essential purchase!

paolo, Monday, 12 September 2016 18:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Can't wait for the 2cd release.

millmeister, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 11:33 (two years ago) Permalink

to be honest I didn't enjoy listening to the two EPs. All of the Sprinkles stuff is well done but it's too repetitive to listen to for an hour-plus, and the source material is a bit boring. The Simon Fisher Turner thing was perfect in its construction and duration and left me wanting more... but now it's here and it's too much.

skip, Saturday, 24 September 2016 15:53 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

So, how do people rate Skylax House Explosion, the new 2-disc DJ mix by Sprinkles and Hardrock Striker? I think it's pretty dope, a nice, kicking mix of straightforward deep house. I'm not really familiar with Skylax as a label, but the selection here is pretty awesome. I especially love the Lady Blacktronika track on Sprinkles' disc, with that wonderful choppy piano riff!

Tuomas, Friday, 27 July 2018 13:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

The Lady Blacktronika album last year was pretty awesome

brimstead, Friday, 27 July 2018 15:52 (ten months ago) Permalink

has anyone heard the new 'deproduction' eps?
'Sprinkles' House Arrest' is probably the most beautiful & haunting piece of music I heard this year.

Nourry, Friday, 27 July 2018 16:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

if i had my shit together i'd definitely be collecting everything she does

macropuente (map), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 03:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

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