One of my favourite moments on disc in the mid-2000s came on the Kings Of Techno tribute to Detroit. French meister-DJ / producer/composer Laurent Garnier had slowly built up a wall of purist Techno and then, after a momentary pause dropped it into the snare roll and handclaps that begin the era-defining No Fun by The Stooges.
It was a moment of pure brilliance, a moment that tied so much together, and a moment that said, more than a million words on paper or screen could possibly say, about the joined interactive lineage of punk, soul, disco and techno.
It said, simply, ‘I understand’.
As did Laurent Garnier’s CBGB T‑Shirt at Bed last night:
Laurent’s been the one electronic musician I’ve long wanted to but never had the chance to, see. His live recordings and videos just astound — a jazz/techno/punk/funk collision that defies description here but pulls all those ghosts 1 — Hendrix, Coltrane, Cage, Kraftwerk, Clinton and Heard — together. With fellow Frenchmen Scan X and Benjamin Rippert, he did just that last evening.
Ahh… bugger it… here’s Acid Eiffel again: