Chris de Luca (b. 11 May 1974, Kolbermoor, Germany) and Peabird (b. Dominik Gilbert Marcel) met by chance in the Delerium record store in Munich, Germany run by the latter. Their subsequent album of sliced loops and ripped up rhymes, 2002’s Deadly Wiv Da Disko, had a four-year gestation period. De Luca is one half of production/remix duo Funkstörung and their associated Musik Aus Strom label, and his collaboration with Peabird echoes that outfit’s hyper-detailed creations. Funkstörung have notably shredded vocal tracks by artists such as Wu-Tang Clan and Björk and, under his own name, de Luca applies a similar aesthetic to the human voice: Peabird’s vocals are frequently chopped and distorted to the point of incomprehension. Nevertheless, de Luca and Peabird create some of the most thrilling music their genre has to offer. Deadly Wiv Da Disko notably features collaborations with Tryflynn, Profidence, and Anti-Pop Consortium’s Beans. The album’s sleeve features the instruction ‘For disko use only!’, but such protestations are misleading. Rather, the duo merge the cut and paste aesthetics of old school hip-hop with the cutting edge sound of contemporary electronica, to create music that sounds more like body rock for automatons than a soundtrack for the dance floors of Studio 54 or the Paradise Garage.
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