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Disco Ball Murder Kit makes the one hour trip to Boston in their murder van, setting the tone for things to come in Boston.
REVIEW OF THE NIGHT BY Deedee Mignonne of the Boston Phoenix:
RISE Club, Boston's best known House Music room, was already half full when I arrived at 2 AM to see DJs Ede Armand and Jack McDevitt spin their sound. "Aww, the night's just getting started," said McDevitt to me, as the opening DJs, Insomnia Sound, thumped the rhythm. And so it was. By the time that McDevitt took over, at 3:15 AM, the floor was full, of a crowd younger than RISE's usual-- as young, it seemed, as McDevitt's sound, quite unlike any strain of House Music I've heard in Boston before: an intro of mellow, yowling harmony and then a harsh rush-- a fast tempo, acid in texture, but harsh, almost industrial, and narrow in tonal range, like tin slabs banging on tin slabs. Somehow, the dancers found in it enough groove to move with.
Armand took over, softening the sound a bit and easing the tempo, and now the rhythm chugged into train-song shape, that most comfortable of House Music paradigms. Mixing, like McDevitt, without computer program, Armand deepened the tone and widened the melodic range, and settled inyto a dirty beat fuinkiness that club kids love right now. And which reigns at Therapy, the huge all night dance hole that has made Providence the top destination for local House-heads and where Providence DJs rule as well."Providence is such an out of the way market" McDevitt said to me,"that you have to be better just to get any attention. But I've been doing this since 1995."
Armand, too, is no newcomer; his reputation is just as esteemed by local House fans as McDevitt's; indeed, this is not at all Armamd's first tme spinning at RISE. But it a first for the pair, who team up as Disco Ball Murder Kit. They do not disappoint. Alternating half-hour sets, McDevitt and Armand toughen and intesify their dirty beat sound: McDevitt animated cat the decks, Armand much less so. McDevitt mixes the smoothest, most inspired selections of music, in his overlays; Armand punches the fade knob. Danny Tenaglia segments tease the dancers; goofy vocals, froggy voices, froggy rhythms, and goofy atmospherics stir the rhythm and send it roaring over the dance floor. It's an almost classic, New Yrk late 1990s sound, but dirtier and more distorted; a sound reminiscent of New York DJ Billy Carroll's RISE set a month ago and just as dextrously done.
By 5:30 AM, when I finally leave, the dancers seem tired; they are fewer now. But those fewer seem completely unready to stop. Nor does the music.
Release date: Apr 24, 2010