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Dirtybird Hatched - Volume 1

(Dirtybird; US: 13 Mar 2012; UK: 12 Mar 2012)

Dirtybird knows how to get its bass on. Led by Barclay Crenshaw, aka Claude VonStroke, the San Francisco-based label has been cranking out fun, bass-oriented dance music for seven years now. Hatched - Volume 1 is meant to be a look into the future. Based on the evidence here, the future looks pretty good.


House music ranging from old-school jack-your-body style to smooth’n'funky is on display over the dozen tracks. If you’re not on a dancefloor or into stuttering, sleazy come-ons such as Kill Frenzy’s “Booty Clap”, not everything here is going to work for you. But more often than not, it does. And, when it clicks, as on DJ Cra$y’s drum’n'bass epic “That Amen Track”, it really clicks. Time to jack, y’all.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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