Tall Paul - Mixed Live: 2nd Session Clubspace Miami 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Dan MacIntosh   
Thursday, 23 January 2003

Tall Paul

Mixed Live 2nd Session
format: CD / DVD
label: Moonshine Music
release year: 2002
performance: 9
sound 7
reviewed by: Dan MacIntosh

With the release of Moonshine Music on CD, the producers for Tall Paul have attempted to put out a club performance that is also fit for living room aural consumption, and for the most part, they’ve succeeded. Its liner notes even include this humorous warning: “The music was recorded from Tall Paul’s vinyl, so there will be a few pops and scratches in the mix.” Yes, for you boys and girls not old enough to remember, once upon a time records could certainly be noisy little buggers. But the sound of a live audience on this disc is even stranger than those pesky vinyl reminders. It’s just not every day you get to hear a crowd chanting out the DJ’s name as he does his funky thang, as happens on this album at one point.

Don’t be mistaken: Tall Paul is the real show here. This CD, which also has a surround sound DVD included in the package, is all about the mixing and melding of sounds, which are utilized to keep a Miami, FL crowd on its feet. Vocals are few and far between, and only “I’d Say Yes,” which features Louise Carver singing with Pornorama, sports something along the lines of typical verses and choruses. Elsewhere with “The Boat” by Cloak & Dagger, there are moments where sound bytes from a British actor can be heard. Both “Pressure” by Hatrixx, and “Shiny Disco Balls (Oliver Klein Dirty Disco Plums Mix)” find room for a little diva vocalizing. That’s it for the old human voice here.

The sound here emphasizes big bass-y beats, rather than all the other usual high-tech elements so often associated with electronica or electroclash products. “Pressure” by Hatrixx rolls like house music, while “Overdrive (Junkie XL Remix)” and “Shiny Disco Balls (Oliver Klein Dirty Disco Plums Mix)” have a direct relationship with classic disco of the ‘70s.

Even though Twister’s track is called “Revolution,” there’s nothing social or political about much of this music. It’s all about the groove, baby. It’s also mostly about getting nasty, as Richard F. focuses on just that with “Down & Dirty,” and Pornorama moves in for the score without hesitation through “I’d Say Yes.”

All 13 of these tracks move seamlessly into one another, without a moment for even a little applause in between them. Tall Paul was out to please his audience, but he was never ever going to let them upset his concentration on keeping the beats alive. Bringing Tall Paul to life live was a tall order, but the creators of this project have succeeded with style, leaving them every reason to stand tall.

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