FROM PURIST HOUSE MUSIC TO EUROPOP CONCERT : ERIC PRYDZ @ OCEAN CLUB MARINA BAY 06.02.13

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For the first hour of his 90-minute set at Ocean Club Marina Bay on Sunday night, Eric Prydz unfurled a house music sound as basic as it gets. there was a bottom beat — free of gimmickry and arena-rock scrim, a fiercely focused saunter and stroll similar to the minimalist claw and creep that Popof, an underground DJ, spun at RISE Club two weeks ago. Coming from a DJ/producer famed for the polished pop of “Every Day,”  Prydz’s bling-free beat and rhythm presentation surprised. At Ocean Club one is used to hearing acrobatic burp — hair band music on a mixboard, or slats of grunge, or the child’s play crayoning of “electro.” Prydz did none of these.. What he did do was funk and blues — Prydz loves 1980s funk — and, at times, a sigh of soul. It worked. The Ocean Club crowd packed itself shoulder to hip and head to back and, as if one body, it  pulsed, it stomped, raised hands; it swayed and cheered.

Prydz — full name Eric Sheridan Prydz, according to his bio; he comes from the suburbs of Stockholm —  has a full crate of such defiantly pure tracks — six or seven years of it. There’s “Woz not Woz,” (honoring 1980s cult band Was not Was); a re-mix of Switch’s “A Bit Patch,”; “Genesis”; and the in-your-face body bump that is re-mix made of M83’s “1983.” A similar history could be applied to many DJs who play pop-dance venues like Ocean Club; but few such DJs  play their purist music there. Not so Prydz. For an entire hour he played his early purist music and shaped it to a purist standard, too, on two channels and a mixboard.

The crowd loved it. “This is why i am here tonight !” exclaimed a well-known local DJ who rarely goes Ocean clubbing.

Though Prydz loves 1980s funk, he also likes 1980s-1990s glam-rock — has remixed tracks by Depeche Mode and Pink Floyd, among others. It shows. In the manner of these bands, his anthems not only shine, they breathe  — think “Midnight City,’; which Prydz used — exquisitely — at Ocean Club as a bridge from low funk to high polish.

As for “Every Day,” it delivers the most convincing message any pop song of this decade has spoken : “if every day is like this, how can we survive / working days on the night shift trying to stay alive.” It’s a working-class message; and Prydz’s fans at Ocean Club were every bit that: unhip haircuts, attired in tacky tops, last year’s bling, sports logos, and cheap heels. Still, being hip isn’t everything…

The final 30 minutes of Prydz’s set lifted his sound from road-noise house to an orchestrated Europop as flossy as any concert  today’s Paris to Moscow dares stage.  Prydz regaled his song in orchestral brocade; necked it in sonic jewelry; tiara-topped it with a ring of techno;  The audience could feel what was coming next: the hit.

It came. Like a working-class hero king, “Every Day” read out its charter of exhaustion’s right to survive; to be listened to.  A grand finale “Every Day” had to be; and was. Grand and final, a magnificent last word.

—- Deedee Freedberg / Feelin’ the Music

IN VIRGINIA : VOTING RIGHTS RESTORED

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VIRGINIA, MAY 31st, 2013 —- On this day Governor Bob McDonnell (R) by decree restored immediately the voting rights of some 100,000 Virginians with anon-violent felony on their record but who have completed their sentences and have no criminal charges pending against them.

We at Here and Sphere strongly support Governor McDonnell’s action.

Nothing is more basic to citizenship in America than the right to vote. It should be assured by all lawmakers and executives and by those who administer our laws and work at our politics. To the powerless, especially, who need the vote most — because in many cases it’s all the lawful power that they have — should the right to vote be aggressively assured.

The right to vote has commanded the courage of generations; in the Civil war, hundred of thousands of Union soldiers died to bring Black slaves out of slavery and into citizenship. The right to vote was then assured to women, and then to citizens age 18 to 20.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 — secured only after years of protests and brutality inflicted upon the protesters, including murders on the part of its opponents — gave the Federal government full power to enforce and safeguard the right to vote, and to this day the Justice department oversees that guarantee in many Southern states — and elsewhere.

Nor is this enforcement a mere leftover rom settled history. During the period 2010 to 2012 right wing groups — such as “true the Vote” — and, regrettably, many red-state governments sought to suppress voting by persons whom they figured would vote “blue.” early voting hours were cut, “voter ID” laws were rushed through and True the Vote sent poll watchers to polls in “blue” precincts to challenge and, so they hoped, intimidate voters whose likely vote choice they opposed. The cry of “vote fraud’ w raised to justify all these measures, even though actual vote fraud is a crime already, with heavy, felony penalties and is actually quite rare. Very, very rare.

t did not work. Our “blue” President was passionately re-elected, and the “red’ candidate’s party was reduced to almost non-existence among groups targeted for vote suppression — groups whose members turned out to vote in record numbers. as they should have. Threaten an ametican’s right to votes, and he will definitely exercise that right if only to spank you.

In Florida, where Governor Rick Scott secured legislation severely cutting back on early voting, only to see his approval ratings fall to the basement, he now advocates repealing his own legislation !

And now, in VA, Governor McDonnell has, on his own, restored voting rights to persons who did not have them even without “vote suppression” moves.

Hopefully it’s a trend. And that during the 2016 presidential election we will see candidates competing to see which of them can assure voting rights the quickest and the easiest to the most Americans.

—- the Editors

 

MASSACHUSETTS : PULL BACK THE CAP ON CHARTER SCHOOL OPENINGS

The Charter School debate has been brought to the fore recently two events; ( 1 ) new legislation filed in January had its General Court committee hearing yesterday and ( 2 ) a candidate for Boston mayor, John R Connolly, has made raising the cap an issue in his campaign, and has garnered editorial support from Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh.

The issue is not a simple one. Massachusetts school laws don’t just address school openings or curriculum. Funding goes first to standard public schools; and teachers in standard public schools generally belong to either the BTU or MTA, two very powerful teachers’; unions. The involvement of union interests arises because most charter school teachers are not union members. that’s because the teachers’ unions discourage members from working in charter schools. Indeed, the teachers’ unions opposed the creation of charter schools from the beginning, and they still do oppose them. They oppose the cap-lifting legislation that we at Here and Sphere would like to support. 

Funding is also an obstacle, because money directed to new charter schools that the new legislation seeks to allow is funding taken away from standard public schools. This matters, because even if this legislation is adopted, most students will continue to attend standard public schools — the very schools with the poorest record of learning achievement. We are not comfortable with taking money away from schools that often need more of it, per pupil, than better-performing schools. If you are familiar with the boggling problems such schools face — equipment theft, assaults on teachers, school security, and more — you’ll know why.

That said, we favor lifting — but not yet abolishing — the current cap on how many charter schools will be allowed to establish. The argument for doing so is pretty conclusive:

!. Massachusetts charter schools way outperform stabdard public schools in standardized test results — tests that decide a child’s opportunity to attend a great university or college.

2.Massachusetts charter schools offer much more challenging curricula, with greater flexibility, than does the curriculum offered in standard public schools.

3.Just as important as the above, parents have lined u in huge numbers to enroll their children in charter schools. The statewide waiting list, according to reports, stands at ,000 and is growing daily. If parents want charter schooling for their children — and if they are right to do so — how can we in good conscience refuse them ? We shouldn’t.

4.Charter schools work especially in urban areas where standard school performance ranks among the lowest in the state. We strongly support the right of urban children to get schooling as strong as that commonly available to students in wealthier communities.

The current legislation seeks to abolish the cap on charter Schools. We wont go that far just yet. Our position is a middle one: the state should adopt the currently filed legislation and lift — but not yet abolish — the cap limits on how many charter schools can open.

— the editors

ROAD NOISE —- June 1, 2013

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST EDITION OF ROAD NOISE —- WHERE YOUR ROAD/MOTORING INTEREST AND THE AUTO WORLD MEET.

FROM FORMULA 1 (BZZZZZ) TO ELECTRIC VEHICLE (MMMM) AND ALL ROAD NOISE IN BETWEEN.

ROAD NOISE NEWS : AS AMERICANS DROVE ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, THE “ROAD NOISE” HEARD AROUND THE WORLD TOOK PLACE AT THE MONACO GRAND PRIX — WHERE NICO ROSBERG WINS, IN HIS MERCEDES, WITH AN AVERAGE SPEED OF 113.378…… SOON FOLLOWED BY THE 97TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, WITH THE AVERAGE SPEED OF 187.433 AND A HUMAN INTEREST STORY — OF TWO BRAZILIAN, CHILDHOOD GO-CART FRIENDS, KANAAN AND HELIO CASTRONEVES, WHO, AS ADULTS DID THIS :

HELIO BECAME A 3 TIME INDY WINNER, WAS TRYING FOR HIS 4TH, ONLY TO WATCH HIS BROTHER KANAAN SUCCEEDS , AFTER 12 TRIES (PERSISTENCE !) , IN FINALLY WINNING THIS YEAR’S INDY 500 — AND GATHERING A 2.3 MILLION EARNING.

ALSO, FOR NASCAR FANS, THE CHARLOTE COCA-COLA 600 RAN UNTIL ON LAP 122 A FOX OVERHEAD TV CAMERA CABLE SNAPPED ALLOWING AN UNUSUAL TIME OUT INTERFERENCE FOR CAR REPAIRS.

ROAD FEATURE VEHICLE : THIS WEEKS SPECIAL INTEREST VEHICLE IS A SMALL ELECTRIC- POWERED VEHICLE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS. ASSOCIATES OF MINE IN ATLANTA ARE DEVELOPING THIS VERSION. THIS VEHICLE TRANSFORMS A STANDARD MANOEUVRABLE AND EFFICIENT LOCAL CAR INTO AN OPEN INTERIOR SPACE LSV, BUILT TO HOUSE THE DRIVER’S OWN WHEELCHAIR.

ALL HE/SHE HAS TO DO IS SIMPLY TO OPEN, WITH AN ELECTRIC REMOTE, THE EXTRA LARGE REAR HATCH DOOR, THEN ROLL IN, UP TO THE STEERING WHEEL, THE WHEELCHAIR LOCKS INTO PLACE WITH EASY REACH OF THE CARS CONTROLS.

ROAD HISTORY WEST LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS IS KNOWN AS THE HOME OF GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY’s AMERICAN JET ENGINE WORKS. BUT DID YOU KNOW IT WAS ALSO THE HOME OF ONE OF THE FIRST GASOLINE DRIVEN MOTORIZED VEHICLES ?

AS THE STORY GOES, IN 1894 HIRAM MAXIM, A THEN RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATE, HAD INTEREST IN APPLYING AN EARLY 3 CYLINDER GASOLINE POWERED PISTON ENGINE TO HIS ADULT SIZED 3 WHEEL BiCYCLE. CREATING ONE OF THE FIRST MOTOR PROPELLED VEHICLES. MOST PARTS PUT TOGETHER FROM THE WELDING COMPANY WHERE HE WORKED, HE, FROM HIS GARAGE AT HOME. AFTER NUMEROUS TRIES FROM HIS GARAGE IN WEST LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS HE SUCCESSFULLY RAN THE ENGINE, PUT HIMSELF ON THE 3 WHEEL BIKE UNTIL IT TOOK OFF AT A GREATER SPEED THAT HE IMAGINED UNTIL HE FINALLY FELL OVER THE FRONT, LANDING SCRATCHED AND BRUISED BY PROUD OF IT ALL.

HIRAM MAXIM WENT ON TO PLACE 3 AUTOMOTIVE PATENTS CREATING SOME OF THE WORLDS FIRST MOTOR DRIVEN ROAD NOISE.

ROAD MUSEUM & EVENTS : NOW THE LARS ANDERSON MUSEUM IN BROOKLINE MASS IS RE-OPENED, ITS NEW EXHIBIT ‘PATINA, PROVENANCE, ORIGINALITY’, A TRIBUTE TO THE RESTORATION OF THE COLLECTIBLE AUTOMOBILE, LOOKS TO BE AN INTERESTING VIEWING.

ROAD SAFETY :  And according to the ‘National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’, ‘many people call them car “accidents”, but really the correct term is “collisions” or “crashes”. In a vehicle collision someone was acting in a way that caused the crash to happen which could have been prevented had they acted differently. If it could have been prevented it is NO accident’**. You decide.

ROAD ECONOMICS   ROAD NOISE NOW LEAVES YOU WITH THIS SESSION’S QUESTION FOR NEXT TIME:  IS THE CHINESE CAR COMING TO THE USA WITHIN FIVE YEARS?

THANKS FOR JOINING US !

TILL NEXT TIME MAY YOUR ROAD NOISE LEAD YOU TO YOUR BEST GOALS.

—- Charles Barris / Road Noise

*The Roads We Traveled/Waitley

** NHTSA

ROAD NOISE — JUNE 1st 2013

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST EDITION OF ROAD NOISE —- WHERE YOUR ROAD/MOTORING INTEREST AND THE AUTO WORLD MEET.

FROM FORMULA 1 (BZZZZZ) TO ELECTRIC VEHICLE (MMMM) AND ALL ROAD NOISE IN BETWEEN.

ROAD NOISE NEWS : AS AMERICANS DROVE ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, THE “ROAD NOISE” HEARD AROUND THE WORLD TOOK PLACE AT THE MONACO GRAND PRIX — WHERE NICO ROSBERG WINS, IN HIS MERCEDES, WITH AN AVERAGE SPEED OF 113.378…… SOON FOLLOWED BY THE 97TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, WITH THE AVERAGE SPEED OF 187.433 AND A HUMAN INTEREST STORY — OF TWO BRAZILIAN, CHILDHOOD GO-CART FRIENDS, KANAAN AND HELIO CASTRONEVES, WHO, AS ADULTS DID THIS :

HELIO BECOMES 3 TIME INDY WINNER, TRYING FOR HIS 4TH, ONLY TO WATCH HIS BROTHER KANAAN SUCCEEDS , AFTER 12 TRIES (PERSISTENCE !) , IN FINALLY WINNING THIS YEAR’S INDY 500 — AND GATHERING A 2.3 MILLION EARNING.

ALSO, FOR NASCAR FANS, THE CHARLOTE COCA-COLA 600 RAN UNTIL ON LAP 122 A FOX OVERHEAD TV CAMERA CABLE SNAPPED ALLOWING AN UNUSUAL TIME OUT INTERFERENCE FOR CAR REPAIRS.

ROAD FEATURE VEHICLE : THIS WEEKS SPECIAL INTEREST VEHICLE IS A SMALL ELECTRIC- POWERED VEHICLE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS. ASSOCIATES OF MINE IN ATLANTA ARE DEVELOPING THIS VERSION. THIS VEHICLE TRANSFORMS A STANDARD MANOEUVRABLE AND EFFICIENT LOCAL CAR INTO AN OPEN INTERIOR SPACE LSV, BUILT TO HOUSE THE DRIVER’S OWN WHEELCHAIR.

ALL HE/SHE HAS TO DO IS SIMPLY TO OPEN, WITH AN ELECTRIC REMOTE, THE EXTRA LARGE REAR HATCH DOOR, THEN ROLL IN, UP TO THE STEERING WHEEL, THE WHEELCHAIR LOCKS INTO PLACE WITH EASY REACH OF THE CARS CONTROLS.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CARS AND CARTS ATLANTA GEORGA

ROAD HISTORY :  WEST LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS IS KNOWN AS THE HOME OF GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY’s AMERICAN JET ENGINE WORKS. BUT DID YOU KNOW IT WAS ALSO THE HOME OF ONE OF THE FIRST GASOLINE DRIVEN MOTORIZED VEHICLES ?

AS THE STORY GOES, IN 1894 HIRAM MAXIM, A THEN RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATE, HAD INTEREST IN APPLYING AN EARLY 3 CYLINDER GASOLINE POWERED PISTON ENGINE TO HIS ADULT SIZED 3 WHEEL BiCYCLE. CREATING ONE OF THE FIRST MOTOR PROPELLED VEHICLES. MOST PARTS PUT TOGETHER FROM THE WELDING COMPANY WHERE HE WORKED, HE, FROM HIS GARAGE AT HOME. AFTER NUMEROUS TRIES FROM HIS GARAGE IN WEST LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS HE SUCCESSFULLY RAN THE ENGINE, PUT HIMSELF ON THE 3 WHEEL BIKE UNTIL IT TOOK OFF AT A GREATER SPEED THAT HE IMAGINED UNTIL HE FINALLY FELL OVER THE FRONT, LANDING SCRATCHED AND BRUISED BY PROUD OF IT ALL.

HIRAM MAXIM WENT ON TO PLACE 3 AUTOMOTIVE PATENTS CREATING SOME OF THE WORLDS FIRST MOTOR DRIVEN ROAD NOISE.

ROAD MUSEUM & EVENTS : NOW THE LARS ANDERSON MUSEUM IN BROOKLINE MASS IS RE-OPENED, ITS NEW EXHIBIT ‘PATINA, PROVENANCE, ORIGINALITY’, A TRIBUTE TO THE RESTORATION OF THE COLLECTIBLE AUTOMOBILE, LOOKS TO BE AN INTERESTING VIEWING.

ROAD SAFETY :  And according to the ‘National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’, ‘many people call them car “accidents”, but really the correct term is “collisions” or “crashes”. In a vehicle collision someone was acting in a way that caused the crash to happen which could have been prevented had they acted differently. If it could have been prevented it is NO accident’**. You decide.

ROAD ECONOMICS   ROAD NOISE NOW LEAVES YOU WITH THIS SESSION’S QUESTION FOR NEXT TIME:  IS THE CHINESE CAR COMING TO THE USA WITHIN FIVE YEARS?

THANKS FOR JOINING US !

TILL NEXT TIME MAY YOUR ROAD NOISE LEAD YOU TO YOUR BEST GOALS.

—- Charles Barry

*The Roads We Traveled/Waitley 

** NHTSA

EBT REFORM : NOT THE BIG DEAL IT’S BEING WHIPPED UP TO BE

One of Boston’s daily newspapers has made a lot of noise this year ramping up alleged abuses in Massachusetts’s EBT — “electronic benefits transfer,” i.e. food stamps — program. This at the behest of a Taunton State Representative, Shaunna O’Connell (R), who has made it her cause celebre.

We at Here and Sphere reject the fuss. Here’s the daily paper’s claims vs. the Real Deal:

1. EBT benefits went to dead people — yes. About 0.20 % of the state’s EBT funds went to dead people. Most banks would be overjoyed with a loss rate that low. The loss resulted from, in almost all cases, of people delaying to inform the state of the death of their r5elative. The state Department of Welfare estimates that only a very, very few cases involve knowing fraud. Those will be prosecuted if feasible.

2. EBT benefits should be conditioned on recipients working — most benefits go to elderly, the disabled, or to single parents. Single parents already work. If you think that caring for a house of kids isn’t work, trying to doing it sometime. Not only is it work, but also: having a single parent doing it, and paying her benefit money to keep her doing it, costs a heck of a lot less than day care for kids while the EBT recipient goes out and works at something.else. As for the disabled and the elderly, they either cannot work or shouldn’t be asked to. Retirees who do not work are often too physically down to work at much. They may have a hobby : but to order them to pursue their hobby or lose their EBT seems like “piling on” to us.

3. EBT was being used to buy cigarettes, or liquor, or scratch tickets — this is where the whole “EBT abuse” flap began. We agree that EBT recipients shouldn’t use their benefits to gamble; and cigarettes sure aren’t much good for one’s health. But life, for EBT recipients, isn’t exactly fun. In most cases it’s a cramped-up life without a car, without the ability to go anywhere or do anything or buy anything but survival. Try living an EBT life sometime ! Do we as a society REALLY want to insist that EBT recipients can’t buy a cigarette, or have a drink of wine or beer here and there ? I hope we haven’t become that petty. And can we add that even as to food, you cann0t buy pre-cooked food with EBT ? Go to Market Basket — where because of super low prices almost all EBT people in our region shop — and look at the pre-cooked chickens, pork, and turkey: too bad, Bub, you have to pay for those with cash. No EBT allowed !

In any case, the legislature a few months ago amended the EBT regulations to prohibit EBT use for purchase of cigarettes and liquor. And the Governor signed the legislation.  Hope you’re happy now…

Finally, we at Here and Sphere just find this entire wave of beating up on those in opur state who live on the edge of survival about as low as it gets. What possesses us to chaff the weakest and most vulnerable of our fellow citizens ? Is that the way we want to perform our duties of citizenship to the whole community ? Do we think that leaning on the very vulnerable somehow makes us a better place ? Is this really our big priority by way of government reform in Massachusetts ? More important than infrastructure and transportation improvements ? than education updates ? We at Here and Sphere hope not.

— the Editors

TWO-THEMED DANCE MUSIC : GUTI @ BIJOU 05.26.13

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On Sunday night, Boston dance music fans had an opportunity to see Argentina’s Guti drop a set in prime time. At Bijou, the rapidly rising DJ — whose full name is Jose Maria Gutierrez Hernandez — delivered a set unlike any other that this writer has seen, one with bottom beats and overriding detail so separated — and so individually spotlighted — that his two hours amounted to two entirely separate sets sharing the same time slot and space. There was realism in that: after all, two people dancing on the same dance floor are, in fact, two separate lives confronting in the same space and time. Guti’s Argentina has, for over 100 years, owned a dance, the tango, in which hot drama arises from the friction of two separate lives acting in the same space and time. Only fitting, was it, that Guti gave his Bijou fans a 21st century version of tango drama, a dance very different in its passions but much the same in its two wills willfully dancing.

In tango, the clash is of anger, of dislike, of sexual heat that forces itself through mutual rejection, power plays, sex as pain, humiliation, surrender. Nothing this dark happened in Guti’s Bijou set, but much the same plunge was implied — risked, even — yet gently avoided in his very dissimilar two waves. First came a big, alpha-male’s boot stomp, next an interlude of high-note bird’s calls followed by the boot stomp returning. This was the set’s pattern; the boot stomp had its minutes, only to give way to equal minutes of flutter, lullaby, whistling, twisty noises: seduction in a soprano octave.

His music amounted to two themes having an extened conversation, a give and take that, late in set, moved toward resolution as Guti mixed the two themes together in complicated angles — in each of which the two conversators worked their way around each other, as if to gain advantage. Yet no advantage was to be had; each theme in his \music maintained its tone, its movement, its initiative, and if, in his mix, the focal point between them tilted in one direction. Guti brought it back again to the other direction only to end up in the middle as stomp and flutter circled one another like side by side whirl-a-gigs of sound. Such too, was the tango.

Guti has, in the past four years especially — he has DJ’d for far longer than this — produced tracks, or re-mixed the work of other producers. His prolific body of work has attracted devotees almost everywhere that dance music is enjoyed. Many sound dream-like in their delicacy and whimsy : “Hope,” Ray Foxx’s “The Trumpeter,” “I’m feeling Interglactic,” Wols’s “Bushmans Oversized Vibe,” for example, and his remix of Livio & Roby’s “We Are.” Eqully many do a bounce, from squeaky squiggly to boot stomp: his remix of Davide Squillace’s “The Other Side of hiustler,” “option One,’ and “Bususki,” and “Non Adepto.’

This list by no means exhausted the sequence of excerpts from tracks, both his own and remixes, that he input to his Bijou workout. Using a PC program this writer hasn’t seen before, one that enabled him to pick and hunt from one track to another and punch it all into a scant two channels of mix, Guti squashed and jiggled the knobs on the PC mixboard. He cranked more two, three,m even four at once, pushing and pricking the sound into conversational cant. There was buffoonery in his mix and boasting too; zig zags and finger pointing. All of it pressured the dancers to move not just legs and hips but also hands, head, elbows, knees. Body talk took on advanced meaning — but not so advanced that a pair of classic tango dancers wouldn’t have understood every surge, sag, lean, pucker, wink, and prance in Guti’s battle of two wills willing upon each other.

It was aset not to be missed, as sublime and imaginative as any that this writer has seen in many, many years.

Opening for Guti was DJ D-Lux, whose reidency at Re:Set Wednesdays (in Cambridge) has made her a local, Boston star of deep house grooving. In front of Guti she played exactly what she is best at : two hours of rolling rhythm in murmur tones, a succulent flavor evoking the sweaty sentiments that deep house lives by. D-Lux’s set could easily have headlined almost any dance music club in the Boston area — at least at those few clubs hereabouts that are willing to embrace the deep house sound in its fullest evocation.

—- Deedee Freedberg / Feelin’ the Music