June 5, 2008

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Starkillers & Austin Leeds, Nervous Nitelife: Vegas
Nervous Records, May 20
Muscular set of deep/tech/progressive house tunes compiled and conjoined for party use by two of the hotter DJs around, all of which should suffice to get you salivating if your taste is a little old-Detroit and not overly finicky about what you shove down your ears. The duo’s remix of disco-diva Joi Cardwell’s “Coming Around” leads the charge in spacey “underground” fashion (yes, the big DJs are still pretending that glamour-puss bikini-clearance-shack-techno is alien and crazy-scary), utilizing enough minimal-house effluvia to evoke images of the dance-floor beginning to fill up with tentative semi-drunkards who think the thing’s about to maybe turn into Ce Ce Peniston’s “Finally” or something and tuck tail when it morphs into the noisy, techy, borg-lasered “LA Girls” as re-ripped by Fuzzy Hair. Frantic and whiz-bang as this is, it can be a little flat — as Leeds states on the included half-hour DVD, the goal here was to give a concise demonstration of what these two sound like live at the Empire in Vegas, but the crowd they were picturing in their heads must have been relatively generic or, worse, ambivalent. C+Eric W. Saeger