Body Language 17
WhoMadeWho join the ranks of acts like Dixon, Modeselektor, Francesco Tristano, and M.A.N.D.Y. with their mix for Get Physical Music's Body Language series. Audiences might know WhoMadeWho as those three Danish guys who reformatted funk punk with Euro-cowbells in the mid-2000s, and while that's correct, it's also a narrow perspective. Shuffling genres emerging from the postmillennial style-clash is but one of WhoMadeWho's many talents. In any case, the genre-crossing think tank consists of drummer, DJ, and producer Tomas Barfod, singer and bassist Tomas Hoffding aka Bon Homme, and singer and guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg. There is a significant reason for WhoMadeWho's continued activity in the 2010s, when many of their contemporaries, like The Rapture, LCD Soundsystem, or Radio 4, have broken up or become inactive. It is their unconditional curiosity toward contemporary club sounds and their approach, often incorporating the functionality of club tracks into their songs, to look further than the edge of the stage, keeping a close eye on and constantly checking the pulse of the dancefloor. Keeping this virtue close to their hearts has already brought them major exposure in sets by Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Tale of Us, and many more. And what better way to revive this approach than with a DJ mix? Right from the start, David August's revision of The Acid's "Ra" makes the mix's depth known as it fades into The Invisibles' falsetto meditation "The Stain." From Cubicolor's "Down the Wall," the sound meanders gently toward the club groove as it gains a touch of acid house thanks to Ghost Culture before the indie dance bliss of The Golden Filter and Weval. On the Nick Galemore contribution, in an exclusive remix by WhoMadeWho, the a tapestry of post-rock guitar inches inexorably toward a peak-time bounce. The "Acapella" version of WhoMadeWho's "Wanted Your Love" is perfectly adapted to Luke Abbott's "Modern Driveway" before WhoMadeWho pump up the floor with George FitzGerald's "Your Two Faces." More contemporary club material follows -- DJ Tennis's "Division (feat. Jeppe Kjellberg) (Roman Flügel Remix)," &ME's "Trilogy (feat. Sabota)," and the hypnotic house of Fort Romeau. The whopping Applescal kick drum precedes the WhoMadeWho exclusive, a "Guitarpella" version of the ultra-catchy "High & Low." After this unmistakable highlight, Clark tiptoes in with "Strength Through Fragility" before the mix closes with Nosaj Thing's ambient/bass hybrid "2K" in a deep, worthy culmination of this amorous sound journey through the WhoMadeWho orbit.