JAVELIN No Más (Luaka Bop)

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At­ten­tion Beck fans who think he fell off af­ter Ode­lay — have I got a record for you. At a Javelin show, the sound sys­tem is a stack of 20 neon spray-painted boom­boxes all tuned into a fre­quency broad­cast off the DJ booth. On No Más, the group’s new al­bum, Javelin sounds just like it looks, a bizarre, day­glo ver­sion of a 1980s that never was. Cousins Tom van Buskirk and Ge­orge Lang­ford crafted Javelin’s un­usual sound by crate-dig­ging through thou­sands of records (as a teenager, van Buskirk vowed never to spend more than five dol­lars on a record) and us­ing hun­dreds of legally ques­tion­able sam­ples. The re­sult is like hear­ing Amer­i­can pop fa­vorites cov­ered by a lo­cal bar band in Es­to­nia or Laos. “We Ah Wi” sounds likes some deep-sixed col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Brian Eno and Elec­tric Youth-era Deb­bie Gib­son. “Oh! Centra” is a glo­ri­ous jag of 8-bit disco that bounces along like a lust­ful Alvin and The Chip­munks cover of Salt-n-Pepa’s “Push It” (sam­ple lyric: “I try to stroke you/You play me like Soduku”). Though clearly in­spired by hip-hop’s DJ cul­ture, most of the tracks are too far out in left field to merit the term. The one ex­cep­tion is “Susie Cues” — with its spare pi­ano keys and syn­co­pated high-hat snares, it seems like a re­spectable knock­off of the sound pop­u­lar­ized by Javelin’s DJ-pro­ducer idol, J. Dilla. Sure, you can buy this record, or you could just down­load the free mix­tapes Javelin posts on its web­site. — Casey Sanchez

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