June 16, 2006

The Dan Bensons Project - So Lovely

It took awhile for “Six Million Dollar Dan” Paluska to earn my forgiveness. Just imagine “Lazy Sunday” rapper Adam Sandberg mimicking James Murphy on the karaoke mic after his fifth Pabst. On the Dan Bensons’ single, “So Lovely,” Paluska yelps, “Girl, heh, I know you don’t love meh / But you’re so lovelah / No one above meh / I need some bubbleh!” However, collaborator Ben Recht saves his soul. His groove locks a Solid Gold-era Gang of Four clang into an infectious, minimal-techno pulse. Better yet, the sound avoids the dilettante toe-dips in the “disco-punk” pool. The stronger and tauter B-side, “Ladies Get on the Flo’” is an ace late-era disco groove. Witness Romeo Paluska sing falsetto to cross-armed lasses staring at their drinks on the dancefloor, and enjoy that cowbell stolen from the DFA studio. It’s entertaining enough to make me pretend I didn’t read that word, “Flo.’”

Unlocked Groove / UG 003EP
[Cameron Macdonald]