Thursday, June 5, 2008

Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - Relevee - Carl Craig remix

Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom are two fairly well-known artists who have exhibited their continuous outstreaming of video, performance, theatrical, musical, and visual art. New York had a performance art boom in the mid-90s to the turn of the century, and thankfully it has come screeching to a halt as the majority of it is pretentious bullshit, and Delia and Gavin ran in similar circles but were never really introduced. Apparently they met at a painfully hip party in a loft one night and these two kindred spirits have been together ever since making films, for which they'd do their own soundtracks heavily influenced by Terry Riley, Klaus Schültze, Vangelis and the like but tellingly, and this is where you can tell they've had to regurgitate endless streams of bullshit to appease the art world, their music is 'more humanistic than gender-based.' Whatever the fuck that means.

The original of this track is off their The Days of Mars album that came out in 2005 and is worth picking up for Black Spring, which is an incredible piece of work - the rest of the album is more hit than miss and if you ever see a copy you should pick up a copy. They see the music they make as putting them ' in a place where we're really receptive and open to inspiration, and we'd like that sensation to arise in our listeners', which is fair enough.

What Carl Craig has done however is taken them kicking and screaming down to the club for a proper hands in the air screamer. I've heard this record played by everyone from Andy Peek to Moonboots to M.A.N.D.Y. in various settings and it has gone off each and every time - Andy, Paul and I even chose it as our record of the year for 2005 on how collective radioshow and it was a unanimous decision from the outset when we were putting our top 50 together.

I'm sure you've all heard it before but if you haven't then stop fannying about and get on it.

Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - Relevee - Carl Craig remix

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