April 9, 2009

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Thunderheist, Thunderheist
Big Dada Records, March 31

The guidelines for pigeonholing bands into genres are a fricking old mess now, with a few know-it-all writers and PR guys still laboring under the belief that flipping their average-Joe readers half-cocked epithets explains volumes and frees them up to fill their spaces with random hype practice.

A Canadian electro duo — chick MC/singer and computer dude — Thunderheist labels themselves electrohop probably for convenience’s sake; actually they’re about as oldschool west coast as Felix Da Housecat is Giorgio Moroder. But just like that, the pair have hit on something pretty near foolproof by taking cues from Felix’s reupholstering of closeout-sale junk, applying whiz-bang electronics to porn-princess-wannabe snap-dance, old NWA and disco. Like a lot of recent music, it calls to an earlier, inarguably better time, with “Little Booty Girl” stealing its lazy humid beat from 3 Wize Men’s 1988 underground IED “Urban Hell.” “Nothing 2 Step 2” is a Detroit-house disco drag that pointlessly retro system-clogs like Tommie Sunshine would dig; “Sweet 16” throws Foxy Brown into the mud-wrestling ring with Miss Kittin. With their live show already receiving crazed reviews, this could be huge. A-EWS