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Review: Kris Menace, Idiosyncrasies

After enjoying Work it Baby, the 10th anniversary set from Kris Menace’s record label, I thought I’d give this collection of his own works a try.  Idiosyncrasies is a three disc set.  Discs 1 and 2 are individual tracks by Menace either alone or in collaboration.  Disc 3 is a collection of Menace’s remixes.  The original tracks are by LCD Soundsystem (“North American Scum”), Air (“Mer Du Japon”), Felix Da Housecat (“Something 4 Porno”), and Underworld (“Ring Road”) among others.  Most of the remixes are straightfoward House remixes without vocals designed for club play.

Actually, “straightforward House” music is a pretty good characterization of Idiosyncrasies .  One of the features that attracted me to Work it Baby was that it showed more variety than I expected.  Maybe I was expecting too much variety  on Idiosyncrasies based on that prior experience.  Most of these tracks appear to be designed for club play.  Menace is an accomplished producer and the music on Idiosyncrasies is professionally executed.  There’s just not enough variety and three discs tends to be too much of a good thing.  I would recommend Work It Baby over Idiosyncrasies as an introduction to Menace’s music.

With three cds, Idiosyncrasies is a very generous collection of music and if you like straight ahead House with a smattering of disco-influenced tracks, it might be right down your alley.  Idiosyncrasies may also be of interest to DJs looking for material for their club mixes.

“Enamoured” by Kris Menace and Fred Falke

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07/05/2010 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews | , ,

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