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Bang Gang Deejays
Light Sound Dance

Rating: 8.5/10 ?

August 29, 2007
If you were to create mixes out of material culled from an outlandish number of songs from the catalogues of hyped artists like the Klaxons and/or Wolfmother, then give your little collective a name that most people will say the wrong way at least once and start releasing your mixes, you would probably end up somewhere in the woods of the Gang Bang Deejays. Is it just me, or is that name an accidental tongue-twister of inappropriate phrasing just waiting to happen?

Even if one were to accidentally switch-up the words "Gang" and "Bang" to possibly hilarious, possibly embarrassing results, it wouldn't change the fact that these Australian lads are good at what they do. Light Sound Dance is the Aussie Deejays' first release for Modular, and what a release it is. The last time I heard something this fine come out of the land of kangaroos and Fosters was The Avalanches' debut, Since I Left You. With their first effort the Deejays have delivered a double-album packed with seamlessly mixed party tracks of the highest quality; the group's good taste led them to wisely choose among all the danceable tracks out there, ending up with a mix of new rave, funky disco, and good old electroclash.

From the album cuts it is clear that the five members of Bang Gang Deejays excel at their craft; they know when to change tracks, when to raise the tempo a bit, and when to let it cool down for a while. The DJ's sole purpose is to give listeners a good time, and throughout the course of Light Sound Dance the Bang Gang does just that with some 70 tracks. Of the album's two halves, the first one is the better disc. Which is not to say that the second is bad, it simply fails to surpass the energy of the first.

Of the album tracks - and again, there are 70 of them - the Avalanches "Live at The Dominoes", Klaxons' "Atlantis to Interzone" (which here surfaces in a mix by Crystal Castles), and Simian Mobile Disco's "The Beat" can be heard, just a small sampler from the world that is Bang Gang Deejays.

For right now, Light Sound Dance is a great party album, no matter what your crowd. Indie kids will love it, hipsters will dance to it, pretty much anyone will find something to groove to. For now, that is - there is a strong chance that this double-album's sound will feel very old and dated in the not-so-distant future. But such is the nature of dance music; it's a genre that moves forward, and that's part of it's appeal. I'm sure The Gang Bang Deejays will progress as well, and we can certainly all look forward to another equally tight, up to date release in a few years.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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