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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Calvin Harris
I Created Disco
Almost Gold

Rating: 9/10 ?


September 14, 2007
For quite a while now I have been considering Justice's debut album as the dance record of the year. With cuts like "D.A.N.C.E." and "Waters of Nazareth" having come off so new and groundbreaking, it seemed as if the French electro house duo would be running virtually uncontested for the top spots on year-end best of lists and award shows to come. Enter Calvin Harris.

I Created Disco is not only the title of Harris' full-length debut, it's also the title of a track on the album that threatens to depose Justice from their perch on high. "The Girls" is another one of those beefy cuts; so danceable, so catchy, and so freakishly cool that they make life just a little bit better. Someone ought to find Calvin Harris and give him a big hug, just to thank him for the music he's created.

Rumour has it Harris composed and recorded the entirety of I Created Disco on an old Amiga 500, and if this rumour were proven true, the Scottish composer and recent Kylie Minogue accompanist would not only deserve a big hug, but a bit of a kiss to boot. Using such a staple of boys rooms around the world to make music this good is just so incredibly cool. Sure, Harris could've used tons of equipment and fancied things up, but in hindsight that just wouldn't have sufficed, now would it? Using an old Amiga to create music says tons about the attitude of an artist, and to be sure this Calvin kid knows what's cool, and not in an Urban Outfitters "retro" t-shirt with a print of an old computer kinda cool. He's actually using the Amiga to create, an admirable pursuit even if the result wouldn't have turned out to sound so awesome. If I didn't know the Amiga secret, I'd never believe it having heard the result.

I Created Disco will no doubt shoot Calvin Harris straight to super-stardom; and from what I can predict, he will nurture his career well. Harris is a geek at heart, and that will hopefully never change. Justice certainly have strong competition for the claim to dance music's throne, and making a clear call between them and Harris is leaving me conflicted. Which disc comes out on top I don't know just yet. I'll have to listen to them both some more, which will be a pleasure. Can there be a draw?

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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