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Darren Emerson

GU36:Bogotá

(Global Underground; US: 10 Feb 2009; UK: 9 Feb 2009)

Emerson, the one-time Underworld member, heads to the Colombian capital for his third contribution to the Global Underground series. Actually, though, this set could have come from basically any Emerson gig at any locale. Spanning two discs, the mix of techno, tech-, and deep-house is tasteful and as well-executed as you’d expect coming from a veteran like Emerson. Names both big and familiar are represented, as Josh Wink, Peter Heller, and Emerson himself are featured. Despite a few standouts, including Nich Chacona’s urgent “Mariacha” and Recloose’s funky “Dust”, neither a unifying theme nor a dynamic arc develops. That the 1993 classic “Mmm Skyscraper… I Love You” from Emerson’s former band is the best thing here only underscores the fact that this type of dance music is now old enough to harbor its own “good ol’ days”.

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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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