DJ Sprinkles – Midtown 120 Blues

DJ Sprinkles - Midtown 120

OK, this was originally released in 2009 but it got reissued this year so I’m going to shoehorn it in. This would be filed under ‘deep house’ but club-oriented it is not. It is brimming with subtlety and depth, perfect headphone music – it even comes with a ‘warning’ on the CD: “There are no plans for a vinyl edition because the bass spatialization effects that give many of these recordings their sonic character are incompatible with vinyl mastering techniques.” I don’t know what that means, exactly, but it gives a flavour of the exquisite detail that has gone into the production. Rhythms pitter-patter, never thud, and sampled voices – preachers, religious and otherwise – echo through the mix like disembodied ghosts. The artist, Terre Thaemlitz, adds a few of his/her own spoken diatribes on the nature of house music and how Madonna destroyed the Vogue movement: “This is a Madonna free zone! And as long as I’m DJ-ing you will not be allowed to Vogue to the decontextualized, reified, corporatlized, liberalized, neutralized, asexualized, re-genderized, pop reflection of this dancefloor’s reality…