Gang Gang Dance, Nguzunguzu & Total Freedom | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., July 15, 10 p.m. 2011
Price: $15
The saddest fact of Diplo’s success is that everyone rips him off so poorly. When DJs drop homemade Arcade Fire/soca mashups on you, they think they’re blowing your mind with some outre shit. But as Americans with cash in hand, don’t we deserve better? Is it really too much to ask for a DJ to turn your body out in a way that will have you running to the booth screaming, “OH MY GOD, WHAT IS THIS?!” It’s unlikely that this summer will present a better opportunity than the Nguzunguzu/Total Freedom collabo set hitting the Empty Bottle over Pitchfork weekend. Skilled DJ-producer Total Freedom (aka Ashland Mines), whose tastes are so subterranean that he makes Diplo look like Tiesto, will combine forces with M.I.A.-approved progressive-electronic dance duo Nguzunguzu (aka Daniel Pineda and Asma Maroof), who just released the chilly panglobal delight Timesup (Fade to Mind). Going by YouTube footage of their New York show last week, the set will be a panoply of equatorial funk, Top 40 R&B recast at very wrong speeds, and more synchronicity than you’d expect from an improvised set; the festivities for the evening will also include live drumming and sampling. —Jessica Hopper

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