Instead, Mary's done a 180. Decadence is an utter joy: bumping, bubbly, outgoing and juicy. Every play of Black Pearl revealed much the same stuff as the previous one—minimalism as something more than simple (or lazy) severity, an abundance of gorgeous detail thrown into relief by all that mustiness. Well, someone slipped an E into the absinthe here. There may be debauchery happening in Decadence's corners, but it's a romping, vibrant party mix.
Daniel Steinberg's "Rush Me" kicks things off with a squelch, a heavily filtered keyboard bridge offsetting simple, teasing bass and cut-up vocal ("I know you—just can't wait—for, for, for tonight") and trumpet. It sets a playful tone that every selection approaches from a slightly different angle. Jamie Jones' Shower Curtain mix of Deniz Kurtel's bare, throwback house anthem "Yeah" refracts it like a disco ball, rendering it as a series of bright digital flashes. Mary's own "Dandies" even turns away from the dark, if playful, tone of her debut for something more anthemic.
At mix's end, Mary throws in a track from techno veteran Dan Curtin, remixed by DJ Madskillz. From almost any other Berlin DJ it would seem par for the course, a nod to tradition. That's not how it sounds, and not just because the smeared sax sample that runs through it is so clearly of a piece with the tracks that came before it. Between her love of literature, her Goth tendencies and her clear sense of roots, Bloody Mary cuts one of the strongest figures in the music, in every sense.
Wed / 4 Aug 2010
01. Daniel Steinberg - Rush Me
02. Deniz Kurtel feat. Guest of Nature - Yeah (Jamie Jones Shower Curtain mix)
03. Michal Ho - No Time
04. Argenis Brito - Indoors
05. James Blonde & Lonya - Ciao Bella
06. Quenum - Lotus
07. Mihai Popoviciu - Hango N
08. Marco Resmann feat. Mz Sunday Luv - I Will Love (Acumen remix)
09. Sierra Sam - Perpendicular
10. Nima Gorji - Forbidden Ritual
11. Bloody Mary - Dandies
12. As Brain - La Playa y Sus Murallas
13. Mendo - Aventuras
14. Oscar Barila - Gitano (Vicente remix)
15. Arado & Marco Faraone - Hard Time to Travel
16. Dan Curtin - Mr. Bean Do An E (Dj Madskillz remix)