Funkstörung

Viceversa

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Funkstörung rapidly approaches Kruder & Dorfmeister when it comes to groups who are more notorious for their remix work than original production. But while K&D smooth their source material into a dubby liquid mix custom-designed for chi-chi restaurants and boutiques, Michael Fakesch and Chris De Luca take their "remiks" in the opposite direction, fragmenting beats and sharpening edges. That is not to say that Funkstörung makes music that is grating or difficult. Actually, they have a special skill for making aggressive, off-kilter beats sound positively inviting, and Viceversa is actually their most palatable work. This is partially due to the heavy vocal content of the record. The remix of A Guy Called Gerald's "Humanity," featuring Louis Rhodes of Lamb, as well as the original recording by Funkstörung and Jay-Jay Johanson, leaves both singer's voices wholly intact. Of course, always a group to mess with expectations, Funkstörung mutilates the vocals on the album's closer, "C'est la Vie" by classic '70s electronic composer Jean Michel Jarre, turning it into the most aggravating track on the record. Funkstörung has not only mastered the art of the broken beat, but has also turned around and applied their knowledge to an array of other electronic subgenres. By recording tracks with Bean from Anti-Pop Consortium and remixing classic rave anthems by Speedy J, this duo has taken the IDM movement and positioned it alongside more traditional lounge, dub, and deep house to receive an equal amount of rotation on the CD changers of those looking for something audacious and of-the-moment.

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