Chris Liberator

Trust the DJ: CL02

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East London-born DJ Chris Liberator is an ex-squatter/punk-turned-raver and mohawk-sporting turntablist. For his second release for the Trustthedj.com label, Liberator's affinity for hard-driving, aggressive musical elements comes through clearly once more. Beginning with D.A.V.E. the Drummer's driving "Pump Department" and going straight through to his own "This Sound....," the pace is essentially unrelenting (137 bpms or better from stem to stern). And while Liberator's flavor of underground, acid-like techno doesn't perhaps draw in the same numbers as more mainstream electronic music, his growing celebrity brings more repeated focus to a subgenre that some think has seen its day come and gone. Two excellent examples of his preferred vibe are the bookend tracks "Pontape" by Renato Cohen and Liberator's own "Hatian Analogue." Both pieces are based on insistent, pounding basslines with only subtle variations throughout. Less successful, however, is his reworking of Chic's "Good Times" done under his Headrush Tactics moniker. The seriously tweaked, sped-up vocals make the sampled use of the original's chorus almost pointless apart from the associated nostalgia. While not a vehicle to look to for big hooks and unforgettable melodies, this disc is a reminder that straight-up energy still has its place on some modern dance floors.

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