Freaked out for another day

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.

Incred­i­ble.

Ahh… bug­ger it… here’s Acid Eif­fel again:

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  1. some still with us of course — I’m talk­ing musi­cal lega­cy before any­one gets tetchy

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January 16, 2012 at 08:01 AM

[…] The Lau­rent Gar­nier gig was one of the best elec­tron­ic shows I’ve ever seen. Mind­blow­ing. […]

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