Wednesday, October 05, 2005

For Starters #02: Kirk Degiorgio (’97-’04)

(Degiorgio on stage with the reunited Eramus Hall at the Michigan State Fair, Detroit, 2005)

01. As One - “Away from All of This” (Mo Wax, 1997)
02. As One - “The Electric Hymn” (Clear, 1997)
03. As One - “Problems” (Ubiquity, 2001)
04. Super-a-Loof - “Covetous” (Obsessive, 2001)
05. As One - “The Path of Most Resistance” (Mo Wax, 1997)
06. As One - “If It Ain’t Broke” (Ubiquity, 2001)
07. Endemyk - “Mizellian Thoroughfare” (Wansel Wand, 1998)
08. Critical Phase - “The Phase Effect (Uptown Reshape)” (New Religion, 2002)
09. As One - “Hope” (Ubiquity, 2004)
10. Critical Phase - “The Voice of Phase (Maurice Fulton Remix)” (New Religion, 2004)

So let’s get this over with before the rest of the HIaF crew comes out of the deep-sleep spell cast by the last post. Degiorgio’s work pre-’97 deserves its own For Starters -- no lie -- and I suppose there’s something symbolic about the period covered here in that it involves an album -- the third-best album -- released on Mo Wax, meaning -- I think -- that Mo Wax is now the most mentioned label on this blog. So, yes, the last post was a gambit to incapacitate my fellow bloggers (except Vahid, of course) in order to ensure more mentions of Mo Wax. And now this post serves a greater purpose: to spring the anti-Mo Wax faction into posting more often, because I am positive they don’t want to be associated with a weblog about music – especially one called House Is a Feeling, with a motto of “100 BPM and Up” -- that has mentioned Mo Wax more than any other label (no Luomo).

01: Night sweats-inducing broken-beat prototype with Luca Santucci in a quiet storm role, much different from the one he played in Playgroup’s “Number One” (acoustic bass thrums, lapping stutter-shuffle breakbeat, humid swarming/prodding keyboard effects). 02. Graceful-yet-bluefaced breakbeat attack. 03: Fucking bizarre throwback to some lost late ‘70s/early ‘80s CTI record, though it’s sort of like a PT Cruiser with spinners and hydraulics, with Jinadu’s lead vocal treated to sound like a silky growl (his backing vocals are untreated, making it all the more unique/riveting). 04: Misty memory-triggering workout that incorporates Herbie’s “Raindance,” a co-production with the Weather Channel’s Ian O’Brien (it deserved to be an A-side, but it was unfortunately relegated to one of Degiorgio/O’Brien’s crate digging Soul of Science comps). 05: Similar in set-up to 02, if a little less dramatic, with jabs, sprinkles and flecks of Rhodes, synthesizer, etc. 06: ARPtacular, ultra-repetitive, slowly developing 21st Century Soul track (vinyl version only), sort of like Titonton Duvante screwed ‘n’ chopped (only somewhat fast), which should’ve taken the place of the 2-step mishap on the CD version of the album. 08: Not currently fresh in memory, but recall enjoying it quite a bit. 09: Intricately-shaped nine-eight swings into spring-boarding four-four, our hero at his most anthemic and uplifting. 10: A Maurice Fulton remix, so it’s very percussive and duly ornery.

Parents and future parents should also know that Degiorgio has scattered a handful of gorgeous lullabies throughout the past few years, including “Music Box,” “Reunion,” “In the Arms of You,” “The Daisy Picker” and “Luca’s Smile.”


Blogger j. said...

heh, do you mean like, the weather channel weather channel or is it a band name?

i have chilled considerably on the mo wax hatin.

also thank you for keepin this leaky raft afloat.

11:06 AM  
Blogger no cure said...

Class, class. Thanks Andy! This is awesome.
May I ask to do the same for Lawrence? Next post please: Lawrence for starters

2:42 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Yes, the Weather Channel Weather Channel.

I'm only working with a roll of scotch tape but we've yet to capsize so hey.

I'll get on the case, no cure.

4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

urmmm... nice blog entry - but that's not me on stage with Eramus Hall. I wish it was but its not...



9:24 PM  
Anonymous Patrick Adams said...

How do we know that's the real Kirk DeGiorgio? I declare shenanigans.

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