dj Foundation: Going Out In Style

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Digital single ingle from Mosul based dj foundation's double album Paradise

Mojo (UK) Review of dj Foundation Dbl LP (Paradise)

The first song starts with the sound of marching armies rendered in gunshots, with molar-filing synths and recordings of losing-it American soldiers in combat. But it's when a chunk of Lionel Ritchie's All Night Long shimmies on in that the extent of the conspiracy becomes clear. This is Paradise, a gallows-humoured audio-panorama of insurgency sampledelia and dance music, originating in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. It's fair to say it explores contradictory phenomena, and recklessly sets them beside and against eachother; across its ten songs there's religious extremism of every stripe, US election adverts, dialogue from smut films and possibly uncleared sample-warpings of Sonny & Cher, Born In The USA and, in a tune concerning Guantanamo Bay, The Gibson Brothers' Cuba (really pushing the boat out are God Is Dead the groovy G-Had, which presents the idea of religious war to Chic's Le Freak and Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight). Taking a wider view, 18-minute closer Going Out In Style cranks it up from gone-postal mall gunmen to suicide bombers and onto the prospect of planetary nuclear death that ends with Charlton Heston's "You blew it up!" speech from Planet Of The Apes and the musings of sundry eschatological nutjobs. You're not going to put this vinyl-only release on at the work Christmas bash, then, but as Giorgio Moroder-fan Foundation's motto runs, 'I Want You All To Hate Me So You Can Love Each Other'.

Clive Prior


released April 20, 2013

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