Django Django: Eclec­tic, Rein­hardt­free art rock from Scot­land

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

Time for some art – and Django Django sure are pack­ing a lot of that. The four Django-ers first met at art school in Ed­in­burgh in the early part of this decade.

Post-col­lege, a few of them set up the Em­bassy gallery in the city, where they could show­case their wares and the work of as­so­ci­ates.

And now comes a lim­ited-edi­tion, highly col­lectable de­but sin­gle, re­leased on buzzy Scot­tish artist and film-maker Luke Fowler’s “art mu­sic” Shadazz la­bel.

The mu­sic, too, is as art-school as in­die-pop gets in this day and age. You’ll hear traces of dub, rock­a­billy, prog-rock and acid house in the imag­i­na­tive Django Django tunes which have slipped into the wild to date. At times, they sound like Hot Chip with an Or­ange Juice fas­ci­na­tion – and at other times, it’s like Arthur Rus­sell and Bo Did­dley jam­ming with A Cer­tain Ra­tio. All an­gles are cov­ered with great aplomb.

Now based in Dal­ston in Lon­don, the four have dab­bled in var­i­ous mu­si­cal pur­suits since their col­lege days. Dave Maclean found him­self drawn to acid house and reg­gae, while Vin­cent Neff was the one who got his kicks from mak­ing weird mu­sic.

By the time the four came to­gether and started writ­ing tunes, a das­tardly sound­clash was very much on the cards. You can also hear this breadth of sounds in the var­i­ous remixes and mix-tapes bear­ing their name which are do­ing the rounds on­line.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see where Django Django go from here now that peo­ple are beginning to re­alise that they’re not a mu­tant Django Rein­hardt trib­ute. Re­gard­less of what hap­pens, the DIY skills which have al­ready pro­duced Storm and Zum­mzumm are sure to keep them in clover.

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