October 18, 2007

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Oscar G, Nervous Nitelife: Space Miami
Nervous Records, Oct. 23
As far as glamour-class superclubs go, Space in Miami is among the top three or four in the world. The next best thing to being there is this CD/DVD package, the expressed goal of which was reaching beyond the simple goal of capturing a mint take of a DJ set at the club to bottling the entire experience. The DVD half has the easiest time of accomplishing same, by including a lot of footage from the dance floor in addition to interviews, monkeyshines, so on. The CD is equally a huge gift to dance fans and the modern house genre itself; it’s Oscar G’s second shot at a live album at Space, and NYC label Nervous Records put up a lot of dough to get it done right. Bingo Caché’s “Dancin’” opens with ambivalent but complex percolation signaling that a lot of darkness is about to descend, Rastafarian chanting and finger-pop percussion joining in as it moves along. Oscar’s own “Chunky Buddha” gets some love, as does his Murk production partner Ralph Falcon via the inclusion of Falcon’s ”I Need Someone.” Descriptives fail here – the primal, feverishly sexy noise-rhythms catch fire on all the tracks, most of them white-hot club-hits of the future rather than re-rehashes of things you’ve heard on previous compilations. Absolutely essential. A+Eric W. Saeger