You Wanted A Hit (Soulwax Mix)
The last time these two acts collided we were treated to a record that left club-goers’ ear drums reverberating that drumbeat during the weekend, and the week that followed. I am of course talking about when Sound of Silver’s Kraftwerk-inspired opener Get Innocuous was given the Soulwax-on wax-off remix treatment. Though I’m a huge fan of James Murphy’s punk-infused cultural commentary over a glittering multi-instrumental electronic soundscape, I cannot hide my preference towards the Dewaele brothers kick-snare, kick-snare bass overhaul.
LCD Soundsystem’s last album (a 40 year old man’s verbal confusion of what the hell is going on in music right now while simultaneously making music better than anyone else is right now), This Is Happening, was a sublime conclusion to a ride I’m sure Murphy never expected to take. It’s a long departure from the wry ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House‘, which of course was played at the very house parties it gently raised an eyebrow towards. The Soulwax remix of that track did just the same, but when music is made to be danced to then there’s no stopping them, hipsters, music fans or casual head-nodders close to whoever’s house Daft Punk is playing in. Why should we stop them?
So when Soulwax went about their usual business for ‘You Wanted A Hit’ off the final LCD Soundsystem LP it was unquestionably a case for writers and bloggers to avoid awkward ‘you expected a hit’ wordplay and just let the beat do the talking. And it’s huge, utterly massive. Another testament to back up the part of the weekend never dies belief system. But you expected that, right?