One of the things you will begin to notice in my DJing and reviewing is that I follow my own path towards finding music, and the stuff I get hyped up about is not necessarily new. I definitely feel that quality transcends chronology.
My latest musical obsession is Ed Banger. I was always a really big fan of Mr. Oizo, and then Justice came out a couple years ago and I saw them live. Last year I listened to both the Lamb’s Anger and Cross albums pretty much constantly. Following the advice of one of my professors, I started doing a little research on my favorite artists, finding that the two of my big ones of the year were conveniently signed to the same label. When I started DJing on KWVA, I rediscovered Lamb’s Anger as a great source for any of my house mixes. My wonderful girlfriend then got me Volume III for Christmas.
A couple weeks ago, I was at the library here at UO, and I decided to do a quick search for Mr. Oizo, just for fun. Lo and behold, Volume II comes up on WorldCat. Now I am rocking out to the whole Ed Banger Crew thanks to the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, MN. Thank you Library!
As for the part you are probably more interested, here is what I found on the CD when I got home from the Library:
An amazing collection of everything I expect from Ed Banger! Driving, distorted House, some straight up vintage jams, and really tight vocal cut-ups. The only thing I really didn’t get was Uffie. I really don’t understand her appeal, other than that she’s the only girl in the joint. I also don’t think her lyrics are as cunning as the production that the rest of the Ed crew bring to the table.
Recommended Tracks ( if for some reason you haven’t heard this CD yet): All but no. 2, Uffie making fun of computer nerds on an album of electronic music.
RIYL: There are enough people on ED Rec. that they can keep you occupied for a while. They would include Mr. Oizo, Justice, DJ Mehdi, Mr. Flash, Krazy Baldhead, Feadz, Busy P, and Sebastian to name a few. Daft Punk is the typical group to think of with french house. Some of the cutting up reminds me a lot of Boys Noize, but he is not as witty.