August 11, 2006

In the Mix: Todd Burns

01. Goldfrapp - Fly Me Away [Mute]
02. Northern Lite - Cocaine [ARMUT24]
03. Cassius - Jack Rock [Virgin]
04. Maderfotor - Scissor [Ware]
05. Basteroid - Meteorchester [Areal]
06. Petter - Some Polyphony [Border Community]
07. Stephan Bodzin - Kerosene [Herzblut]
08. Jesse Somfay - Tonight’s Frail Desire [Budenzauber Recordings]
09. Tigercity - Are You Sensation? (Crambe Repetita Mix) [Igottarun]

July 14, 2006

Northern Lite - Cocaine

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve heard anything by Northern Litenothing, in fact, since “Treat Me Better” on City Rockers (R.I.P.), lo these many years ago. JJ Cale receives no songwriting co-credit for “Cocaine,” Northern Lite’s tribute to all things potent and powdery. First up is the “2nd Edit,” the most bone white, burnout-dry of the versions. It’s the tail-end of the love affair with blow, all ashen-faced and numbly regretful. The main mix is present in both a “Single Edit” and “Long Version,” and the aura is decidedly more polychromatic; the paddling headrush is towards the initial euphoria rather than the tedium of prolonged substance abuse. Just underneath the robust kick drum and doubled-up percussion are distorted, dusky waveforms and a flanged vocal wail, simulating cocaine as protean matter. Rounding things off is the Troy Pierce remix, all twitchy bell-tones and vocal snippets, sounding great on headphones but something you’d likely have to save for a rather fucked-up dancefloor.

ARMUT24 / ARM 007
[Mallory ODonnell]