So forget overtures to DFA's broader indie audience: Any mix that starts out with Still Going's "Spaghetti Circus," the sort of blood-boiling burner usually reserved for peak-time, is clearly not going for a soft sell. While the selection leans towards recent tracks, the sound is classic enough that you wouldn't necessarily notice it. One of the only actual throwbacks is Armando's "Don't Take It," a dark and sexy acid jewel which Maclean lets breathe before an abrupt switch-up into his compadre Jee Day's frustratingly unreleased "Like a Child." With its whirlwind sound and spacey vocals announcing "time goes by you...like a child," the track lifts off into a psychonaut journey through the outer regions of clubland. Maclean continues to show off his range by quickly leaving the cosmos behind for the sensual, featherweight spirit of "I Know You Were Right," which recalls Mark E's famed Janet Jackson edit. The other throwback here is Theo Parrish's version of Rick Wilhite's "Get On Up," allowing those jazzy waterfalling keys to tumble over the drums not once but twice, first towards the beginning and then again near the mix's end.
Maclean's own mix-exclusive "Feel So Good" is a delight, brimming with what you might call a quintessential Gotham groove, whirling and muscular. It's invigorating, but it also acts as a bittersweet reminder of the late Jerry Fuchs, the powerhouse drummer behind Juan Maclean and LCD Soundsystem's ferocious live sets whose accidental death in a Brooklyn elevator shaft deprived the New York music scene of a singular talent. Oh, and that MIDI tattoo? Another reference to Jerry, whose passing brought the band's tour to a halt. This trip on the turntables appeared in the aftermath—born in part of mourning, and it's nothing if not a joyful, down-and-dirty invocation of rhythm. It also, God forbid, just might trick a few heads into loving house.