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They call it club pop. The term perfectly describes the sound: beat-based dance music crammed with hooks, melodies and a blissful, carefree 'tude. Its most influential progenitors, Pizzicato 5 and Cornelius, cram so much sampled energy into five-minute songs that pulling apart all the ingredients would take eons and leave a big mess on the dance floor.Holland's Arling and Cameron Gerry Arling and Richard Cameron are among the best. Believe it or not, they do rival the quality of the artists mentioned above Cornelius recently remixed A&C's music, and the duo wrote the song "Arigato We Love You" on Pizzicato 5's Happy End of the World album mainly because they have the ability to combine some fantastic samples (most notably some great Teletubbies riffs) with an amazing selection of beats. The result is a loopy happiness and carefree celebration. At their DJ set at South by Southwest in March, the two actually, one (Arling stood to the side, arms crossed, resembling a Mafia don, and observed) pumped out a wide selection of sounds ranging from deep, ominous German techno to lite Brit drum & bass to, hip-hip-hooray, Iggy's glorious "Lust for Life" (though, notably, the crammed dance floor cleared when it came on goddamn kids don't know nuthin').
This tour will be the first the pair has undertaken with a full band, a wonderful sign in an age when a couple of DATs and mics usually pass for performance equipment, and the tour is only stopping in a few select cities New York, Chicago, Montreal, San Fran, Vancouver, Seattle and LA, in addition to St. Louis.
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