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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
DJ Touche
Ultraviolet
Journeys By DJ Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
DJ Touche of The Wiseguys (you know, the big beat DJ/producers who made that alluring but annoying "Stop the Commotion" song from that car commercial) has released a mix CD as part of the Journey By DJ series. His work as both DJ and selector here is right on for the most part, balancing the fun and irreverence that can be found in house music with the spiritually uplifting bombardment that disciples to the thump seek. And this is straight up house, with a little bit of acid, techno and a fistful of breakbeats thrown in just for good measure.

Ultraviolet commences with Audio Bullys' "Ego War," a perfect example of the silliness that can be obtained with an appropriately placed vocal sample. "Supernatural" by King Britt, remixed here by Derrick Carter, offers the more serious and seductive side of the music as Ursula Rucker's voice drifts over the track…"Deeper inside my soul/ I journey inside my soul…" Two of Touche's own tracks are in the mix as well, "Square" and "Gimme My Money (Theo Cracks on Dub)." Milton Jackson's "Incidental" samples "Sour Times" by Portishead, something that has been done before but just doesn't seem to get old. Tim Wright's "The Lunge" dives into the blipped out dark-acid zone, with a wall of fuzzy bass behind crackling beats.

Touche's mix is seamless and definitely maintains a hip hop vibe, in keeping with his roots. In fact, Eminem makes an oddly placed but interesting guest appearance with a shout-out mid-mix. "The music I play has the energy of the city… cities combine danger and allure…" says Touche. The term 'urban' gets floated around so much but this mix is definitely in that category, and listening to it makes you wish you weren't a 25-year-old going on 63 who doesn't stay out past 2 AM. But if you are, throw on this album as you count your Canadian quarters or program your VCR to tape The O'Reilly Factor and dream about pacifiers and sticky E-grinned house heads throwing it down. You won't be too tired in the morning.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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