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: