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ARTIST
TITLE
Routes Not Roots
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SKYLAX 120CD SKYLAX 120CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/29/2011

This is the debut album by K-S.H.E (Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion), a project from internationally-celebrated producer, label owner and DJ, Terre Thaemlitz, first released exclusively in Japan on Terre's private label Comatonse Recordings in 2006. Routes Not Roots combines Terre Thaemlitz's notorious "fag-jazz" sound with the classic New York deep house and cross-over dancefloor sensibility of DJ Sprinkles' Deeperama series. The results are spacious, bass-heavy, epic dance mixes filled with dark humor and harsh realities. As people have come to expect of Thaemlitz releases, Routes Not Roots mixes a wide range of social themes such as identity vs. immigrant status; community vs. tranny-on-tranny violence; authenticity vs. cultural decontextualization; openly gay African-American club imagery vs. gay sex on the Down-Low; innocence vs. childhood fantasies of violence; and more. From HIV drug trials to tranny and women's unemployment rates to sexually amorphous Japanese cross-dressers posing as high school girls, K-S.H.E doesn't miss a beat. This album contains 12 amazing cuts and is clearly one of the best house albums, ever. "Today's dancefloors are wakes in remembrance of a mythological era of openness that never was. Remember where you were. See where you are.... I'm in Kami-Sakunobe." --K-S.H.E