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In Berlinista, January 3 2009.
DJ Sprinkles album "Midtown 120 Blues" will be released on the 26th of January on Mule Musiq via Was - Word And Sound Distribution.
Dj Sprinkle's aka Terre Thaemlitz debut full length album, continues with themes from 1998's "Sloppy 42nds: A tribute to the 42nd Street transsexual clubs destroyed by Walt Disney's buyout of Times Square" (a track recently featured on Ame's "Coast2Coast" DJ mix compilation for NRK Records). While the world celebrates the revival of New York House Music, constructing utopian fictions about the genre as it goes along, DJ Sprinkles retreats deep into the bowels of house. This is the rhythm of empty midtown dancefloors resonating with the difficulties of transgendered sex work, black market, hormones, drug & alcohol addiction, racism, gender & sexual crises, unemployment and censorship.
The title song, the "Midtown 120 Blues" Intro and Blues we find in Track 1&2 is "strictly rhythm" house music. It's a simple 4/4 beat with piano loop which might be "the real" minimal house.
"Ball'r (madonna-free zone)", track #3, is a euphoric mid tempo house track which reminds one of Larry Heard or Jan Jelinek. Number 4 on the menue "Brenda's $20 Dilemma" is a sequel of his fag jazz style. For reference check the beautiful Kuniyuki remix of this song on Mule Musiq 34.
"House Music Is Controllable Desire You Can Own", the next track of "Midtown 120 Blues", is classic New York house style. If you like the records or that kind of artist, you'll like this song for sure. Sixth track "Sisters, I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To", is one of the highlights of the album. Actually this track is 4/4 beat house but very emotional and powerfull music.
"Reverse Rotation" which comes in at #7, is a deep and madly beautiful song. When you listen to this song, you associate the music of Theo Parrish or Pepe Bradock.
Tracks #8 and 9 are the main songs of the album. "Grand Central, Pt. 1 (Deep Into The Bowel Of House)" is filled with some kind of sadness. If you read the story of the album in Terre's words you will find out about the meaning behind those key tracks.
This album is for real house music lovers. It might not be the perfect sound for the young dj only playing fashionable music, but as the current house music scene seems to be flooded with too many bad albums, Mule Musiq had no choice but to release this album now.
Check out the album when it hits the stores on January 26th and the digital online facilities on February 9th. Something for the real connoisseur!