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The Looks

The Looks
(Last Gang)
Crossovers rarely happen in the underground world of electronica. This is especially so since the late-’90s when big beat kings the Chemical Brothers, Prodigy and Fatboy Slim ruled radio and the pop charts, before kids moved on to other tastes and dance music went back to the clubs. Welcome the return of the superstar DJs. MSTRKRFT’s debut disc The Looks recalls an era when indie kids and ravers shared pacifiers and glowsticks. This time around, several high profile remixes for indie upstarts Metric, Wolfmother and Bloc Party left record labels clamouring for more. Toronto-based duo Al Puodziukas and Jesse Keeler—already with cred from his Death From Above 1979 project—then used their alter-ego MSTRKRFT to make one of the best dance music records of the year. Nothing here is groundbreaking, but it’s the blend of electro and house beats treading the indie-dance template that will get fans of those genres mingling under the disco ball. Songs such as “Easy Love,” “She’s Good For Business” and “Street Justice,” guarantee an audience around the world and give Canadians two DJs to call their very own big-league, electronic producer rock stars.
—Johnston Farrow
categories: Coast pick,Canadian artist

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