TimeOut: The Other Side Los Angeles

TimeOut: The Other Side New York

Time Out: The Other Side London

Time Out: The Other Side Berlin

[Deaf Dumb & Blind,]

As most know by now, Time Out is a tourist magazine published in dozens of cities around the world [with other cities being represented on their website]. Moving into unchartered territories, the magazine has seen it fit to commission a number of CD/DVDs that give a flavour of some of the world's larger metropolitan areas. One CD gives the musical appropriation of an area, while the DVD serves as a tour guide to the city.
Madlib's take on Los Angeles is excellent from the very start. Beginning with The Lightmen Plus One's vibrant jazzy take of "Energy Control Center" and ending with the laid-back grooves of Freestyle Fellowship's "Park Bench People", the mix is rich through and through. The producer makes some interesting stops along the way in his multi-faceted brew. The mix between smooth vibes of Dabrye [featuring Jay Dee and Phat Kat] and saxophonist Steve Grossman's passionate blowing on "Inmate Man" is phenomenal. So is the blend of Sun Ra Arkestra's laid back anti-nuke message on "Nuclear War" and the chilling rhymes on "Greenery" as done by Quasimoto. On the DVD side of things, DJ Peanut Better Wolf acts as the tour guide into the city, taking us shopping at his favourite stores, dining spots and nightlife highlights. Unmissable.
Moving eastbound, we come to New York, where Fischerspooner takes us for an audio guide of the city, and what an eclectic journey it is. Imagine if you will Lassigue Bendthaus and his quirky electronic version of "Jealous Guy" back to back with the non-chalant version of "Coochie Coo" as done by Princess Superstar. The music only gets better from then on as Broadcast rubs shoulders with Electronicat's fuzzy electronics and retro-fit sounds from Model 500. Pixeltan do a nasty dance version [DFA remix actually] of "Get Up/Say What", while Richard Bartz comes up with a disco-heavy, beat-crazy take of "Street Dynamite". To close things off, Fischerspooner offers up Martin Rev's "Mari" and Laurie Anderson's classic "O Superman (For Massenet). Oh, did I mention Fischerspooner's tour of the Big Apple is a blast. Forget about the mainstream tourist stuff. The guy takes you into the deeper, darker corners of the city you'll probably never visit unless you're from NYC.
Damian Lazarus takes a fairly straight-forward approach in mixing the music of his beloved town London. If anything, pieces are mixed in a more straight-forward fashion. This sounds like a real club date. Highlights here include Ada's extended, minimal pulsating number "Eve (Koze Remix)", The Paradise Hotel with Mogwai's dreamy remix of "Drive", Magic Numbers and their hauntingly beautiful "This Love" and Hiem's weirdly satisfying acid-rock number "Zombie Party". But the first 40 or 50 minutes of the record concentrates on dance flavours – Nathan Fake, Out Hud, Ty, Squarepusher, Point B, Shriekback. In fact, the mix is amazingly solid throughout. Take the tour of London on the flip side of this DualDisc for a spin drive as well. Lots of fun.
Landing at our final destination, our tour guide for Berlin is none other than DJ/producer/label owner Ellen Allien and rightly so. According to the DVD, she knows just about everyone in this metropolis. She takes us shopping, dining, through WWII museum, shows us Berlin's modern building, its accommodations. From a musical standpoint, Allien picks out tracks that are already familiar by those who have the most basic knowledge of Berlin's techno scene and its development over the last decade. From the minimal techno of Ame's "Rej", Miss Kittin's busy and quite fun "Neukolln 2", to Wayne County & The Electric Chair's anthem to the city "Berlin", the mix is a blast in every sense of the word. Allien even throws in AGF/Delay's soft-spoken "You With Now" for dessert, while the appetizer is the tasty German version "Heroes" as done by David Bowie, only here it's called "Helden". With each track being a true stand-out, the compilation is a real must.

- Tom Sekowski

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