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Funk D'Void

Balance 022

(EQ; US: 9 Oct 2012; UK: 1 Oct 2012)

Lars Sandberg, the Glaswegian who records and DJs under the name Funk D’Void, has been a presence on the electronic/house music scene for nearly two decades now. And, though his contribution to the respected Balance series contains mostly recent material, all those years of experience and finely-honed expertise shine through. Sandberg presents a cornucopia of techno/house sounds, 45 tracks over two discs, all of them edited and sequenced with care. Of-the-moment retro sounds abound, from the soaring synthpop of Kolombo’s “Waiting For” and Joris Voorn’s “RE-2001” to the staccato Detroit synths of Chris Malinchak’s “Razor” and Tony Lionni’s “Loving You”. You’ll also hear disco, chattering early-‘90s techno, and even some more abstract, dissonant material such as Patrice Scott’s “Tones & Things”. With a handful of exclusives to boot, Balance 022 finds Funk D’Void offering a masterclass in how to curate an essential electronic dance mix. Not to be missed.

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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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