“I don’t get a kick out of minimal techno. I don’t want my music to be intelligent. I like making sex records.�
“I don’t get a kick out of minimal techno. I don’t want my music to be intelligent,” says Van Helden, the New York house producer whose MySpace friends seem to be selected according to the shape of their derrieres. “I like making sex records.”
‘Ghettoblaster’ breaks with the electro-rock influences of his previous release ‘Nympho’ , or as Van Helden explains: “I was going for a retro throwback 1985-89 soul uptempo urban type sound. Chicago meets Miami meets New York City kind of thing. Or to put it differently, house meets freestyle meets hip-house meets club meets new wave.” So now you know just where to find it in the store. This time around, guests include rappers Fat Joe and Will ‘Tha Wiz’ Lemay, Kudu, George Llanes, as well as vocalists Nicole Roux, Majida.
The first single from the album, “Touch Your Toes” featuring Fat Joe, is out now on vinyl and backed by remixes from Serge Santiago and The Audio, er, Bootys.
01. Go Crazy! (with Majida)
02. Touch Your Toes (with Fat Joe/BL)
03. I Want Your Soul
04. NYC Beat
05. Playing House (with Kudu)
06. This Ain’t Hollywood (with Will ‘Tha Wiz’ Lemay)
07. Still In Love (with Karmen)
08. Playmate (with Roxy Cottontail/Lacole ‘Tigga’ Campbell)
09. Je T’ Aime (with Nicole Roux)
10. To Be A Freak (with George Llanes)
11. All Nite (with La Roka)
12. A Track Called Jack
‘Ghettoblaster’ by Armand Van Helden will be released on Fatboy Slim’s Southern Fried Records on May 7, 2007.