Friday, October 24, 2008

Quick hitters:: San Serac and Shout Out Out Out Out 12" remix

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This might be an odd time to start talking about an collabo between an Edmonton based dance crew and an electro-funker from NYC, especially since the HPX is in full swing right now, but the new split from San Serac and Shout Out Out Out Out seems pretty fitting this morning. Last night we delivered another successful showcase – Boxer the Horse, the RAA, Rich Aucoin, Ghost Bees and Laura Barrett – but more impressive then a collection of great sets is the overall vibe of HPX this year.

Over the last few days, every performance has been bang on – Rich was more animated than I’ve ever seen him on stage, which is saying something – but everywhere you turned last night, you see people having a great time. None of "that hands in the pockets, head nod shit", just friends dancing, singing along and supporting the music scene. The guys from Ruby Coast were going bat shit crazy during Rich’s set. Some of the D’Ubervilles were clapping along to the RAA. Gus’ Pub was filled with screaming friends for Horses. Laura Barrett, the RAA and Two Hours Traffic were out to support the Meligrove Band at the Church. Shit, even the cops were so hyped up they gave me a street cleaning ticket.

I am planning a big round up post with pics and MP3s, but last night seemed to be more about musicians getting a chance to be in the same room as their peers and just enjoy the opportunity. That being said, it’s not surprising that the new 12" from SOOOO and San Serac– entitled In The End Its Your Friends/Friends – is so poignant right now.

From the SOOOO you get In The End Its Your Friends – a track that shimmers and the liberal use of the vocoder makes it hard to not smile and tap your foot over the heavy drums and dirty sampler. Although, the SOOOO might not be feeling the love (in the end it's your friends that will fuck you over), hearing San Serac transform it to an 80’s, sex filled electro-funk jam is pretty sweet. Seriously, the song sounds like it could have been stripped from the talent audition scene of Krush Groove.

But it’s San Serac’s reworking off Friends that really grabbed me this AM. The shimmering keys are fantastic, and even if you expect Jody Watley to jump in and take the lead, Nat's sincere tribute to Shalamar never comes off cheesy or fake. When SOOOO take dissect the jam, they give the song a bit more grit. His vocals bounce along with the beat, and as he sings, "friends up in Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada", it really starts to hit home.

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