Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom Delia Gonzalez & Gavin RussomTrack 5
DFA (DFA2244, 12” + digital)
If you make the mistake of playing the side with the original version of “Track 5” on it at 33 rpm, there’s a surprise: it sounds clean and like another piece on which the New York duo want to pay tribute to the Giorgio Moroder soundtrack for “Scarface”, with gloomy atmospheres from the deep cosmos, similar to the first minutes of Jarre’s “Oxygène”. But no, “Track 5” should be played at 45 rpm, losing the esoteric charge of the slowing down error, and gaining in spatial gallop. There’s never a marked beat, it never crosses the border with disco music –and it does enter the field of kraut rock in the vein of Ash Ra Tempel and late-70’s Tangerine Dream–, so the obsessive nature of the music remains immaculate, only with much more urgent metronomic to-ing and fro-ing, and more stress, like a hasty version of the “Risky Business” soundtrack (with the classic scattered electric guitar, popularised by Edgar Froese, towards the end). Conclusion: after an eternity without releasing anything together because of Russom’s commitments with LCD Soundsystem and their different individual projects, Delia and Gavin are back through the front door. And this 12” only gets better on the flipside with Âme’s remix on which the rules are very clear: take away any trace of kraut, keep the synthetic basis and apply a dark, minimalist house beat and with an equally obsessive effect as the original. It has been worth the wait (four years!), I swear on Manuel Göttsching’s head.