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ARTIST
TITLE
Midtown 120 Blues
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
MUSIQ 009CD MUSIQ 009CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/21/2012

2009 release. DJ Sprinkles' debut full-length album continues with themes from 1998's Sloppy 42nds: A Tribute to the 42nd Street Transsexual Clubs Destroyed by Walt Disney's Buyout of Times Square. While the world celebrates the revival of New York house music, constructing utopian fictions about the genre as it goes along, DJ Sprinkles retreats deep into the bowels of house. This is the rhythm of empty midtown dancefloors resonating with the difficulties of transgendered sex work, black market hormones, drug and alcohol addiction, racism, gender and sexual crises, unemployment, and censorship. The title songs are real "strictly rhythm" house tracks. It's a simple 4/4 beat with a piano loop. "Ball'r (Madonna-Free Zone)" is euphoric mid-tempo house. This track brings to mind Jan Jelinek or Larry Heard. Fourth track "Brenda's $20 Dilemma" is a sequel to his fag-jazz style. "House Music Is Controllable Desire You Can Own" is classic New York house style. If you like Jus-Ed, you will like this song. "Sisters, I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To" is one of the highlight songs on the album. Actually, this track is not 4/4 beat house, but very emotional, powerful music. "Reverse Rotation" is a deep and madly beautiful song. When you listen to this song, you will associate it with the music of Theo Parrish or Pépé Bradock. "Grand Central, Pt. I (Deep Into the Bowel of House)" is associated with the sound of jungle wonz or virgon, but this song is also filled with something sad. This album is for real house music lovers.