Various Artists ‘Body Music Vol.10 mixed by M.A.N.D.Y.’

Various Artists / Body Music Vol. 10 mixed by M.A.N.D.Y.


Get Physical Music / Released April 25th 2011

What does it sound like?

A jazzy, piano and live instrument filled mix of deep-ish four fours that meanders from sluggish warm-up fare through broken electro, chugging tech, bumbling weighty house, and on to spacey techno. That the contents include work from the likes of Soul Clap, Ramadanman & Appleblim, and M.A.N.D.Y vs Booka Shade should shed a little more light on things.

You Make Me Real opens, a tune that must be Brandt Brauer Frick’s ode to French New Wave cinema soundtracks (read inquisitive ivory tinkling and freeform brass). Then light toms and percussive accents arrive, and the mood is set. Because, despite it’s experimental, downtempo stylings there’s the constant threat that something heavier could erupt at any moment.

And indeed, such moments do arise, the first of which is unquestionably when Elon’s distorted vocal stepper Clap Back drops, complete with kicks containing decidedly more meat content than any of the preceding five tracks. Peaks and troughs abound to satisfy most consumers of filth and sleaze, though fans of punishing rhythms may need to look elsewhere.

Where would I dance to it?

It’s most definitely the sound of midnight, though as it’s a compilation CD you’re not likely to hear this anywhere with a draught beer. Unless live entertainment really is dying, or your mate’s got a bar at home. On a serious note, the latter makes the most sense thanks to the format, so think intimate indoor session.

What highlights can I expect to hear?

Unquestionably Nicolas Jaar’s sublime Space Is Only Noise If You Can See, a typically beautiful ambient outing from the talented rising star that provides the perfect moment of bliss ahead of the final two-track stretch. The fact that Model 500’s OFI steps in, classic electronic breakbeats and all, around halfway through won’t restrict anyone’s enjoyment either. Oh, and Lichtpille from Daypak Solo introduces some dark drums with a jacking etiquette into the equation, which makes for a bit of welcome toughness.

Why should I pay for it?

To ensure the quality of your purchase. Also, we’re fans of packaging, and this one’s quite nicely wrapped.

Where can I buy it?

Real shops with real shelves, Juno.