Live at Robert Johnson

Prins Thomas

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Live at Robert Johnson Review

by Andy Kellman

This mix is, at once, the second volume in the mix series from Frankfurt's Robert Johnson club (though it isn't numbered as such), a follow-up to Thomas' double-disc Cosmo Galactic Prism mix, and the prelude to Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas II, released later the same month. For anyone remotely familiar with Thomas as a DJ, the set won't surprise -- at least not in one respect -- as it's a smooth synthesis of spaced-out tracks with mostly relaxed tempos that span several styles and four decades. Even though he pulls out Closer Musik's dazzling shuffle "Maria," just as he did on Cosmo Galactic Prism, one can sense that Thomas could supply a high-quality mix as deftly paced and layered as this one on a monthly basis. More importantly, he is one of Optimo's few rivals when it comes to using unlikely ingredients. Most of the selections were released during the last few years, from Map of Africa's scraggly and demonic "Wyatt Urp" to Sebastien Tellier's prog-tronic mini-epic throwback "Sexual Sportswear." Highlights that don't just sound old but are old come from grunting/scatting French-Canadian weirdos Dogs of War ("Le Stress"), completely French disco crew Martin Circus ("Disco Circus," 100 percent delirious in any context), and synth-wielding biker-rockers Anarchic System ("Generation"), evidently inspired by some time spent bonding on the open road (and yes, they just happen to be French as well).

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Prins Thomas 00:11 Amazon
2 Prins Thomas feat: Arpadys / Telemusic 02:59 Amazon
3 Prins Thomas feat: Cage & Aviary 04:39 Amazon
4 Prins Thomas feat: Capracara 04:15 Amazon
5 Prins Thomas feat: Trans Am / Trans-Am 02:47 Amazon
6 Prins Thomas feat: Map of Africa 03:01 Amazon
7 Prins Thomas feat: Bjørn Torske 02:33 Amazon
8 Prins Thomas feat: Kåre & The Cavemen 04:29 Amazon
9 Prins Thomas feat: Babytalk 04:02 Amazon
10 Prins Thomas feat: Frankie Valentine 02:44 Amazon
11 Prins Thomas feat: Low Motion Disco 04:22 Amazon
12 Prins Thomas feat: James Yuill 03:07 Amazon
13 Prins Thomas feat: Doggs of War 02:41 Amazon
14 Prins Thomas feat: Cos/Mes 02:11 Amazon
15 Prins Thomas feat: Ricardo Villalobos 00:35 Amazon
16 Prins Thomas feat: Anarchic System 04:31 Amazon
17 Prins Thomas feat: Argy / The Mole 00:51 Amazon
18 Prins Thomas feat: Martin Circus 01:15 Amazon
19 Prins Thomas feat: Opolopo 02:30 Amazon
20 Prins Thomas feat: Acid Test 00:47 Amazon
21 Prins Thomas feat: Mathew Jonson 05:08 Amazon
22 Prins Thomas feat: Samos 03:23 Amazon
23 Prins Thomas feat: Sébastien Tellier 03:18 Amazon
24 Prins Thomas feat: Closer Musik 02:40 Amazon
25 Prins Thomas feat: Lindstrøm 04:55 Amazon
26 Prins Thomas feat: Steel An' Skin 01:59 Amazon
Prins Thomas 00:18 Amazon
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