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Friend of Mine

DJ Dodger Stadium

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Though their moniker is singular, DJ Dodger Stadium are the team of two electronic music producers living and recording in MacArthur Park, a densely populated and timeworn section of Los Angeles. The warm cacophony of this particular corner of the world is reflected throughout Friend of Mine, a sequence of 10 compositions united by traditional house music ambiance. Fragments of sentences ricochet through the tunnels of the songs, and single words change meanings as repeated by a cast of disembodied but soulful voices. The undercurrent of blues in “The Bottom Is as Low as You Can Go” and “One Who Lost” becomes explicit on “Sit Down, Satan,” the album’s spookiest and most ethereal entry. The overall mood is one of exhilarated melancholy. “Love Songs,” “Never Win,” and “Friend of Mine” are momentous enough to uplift halls of clubgoers, but Friend of Mine doesn’t capture the communal excitement of a club so much as a long night’s afterglow. Its subject matter is the feeling one gets walking home alone in the wee hours, when the elation of a party persists only as an echo inside one’s head.

Customer Reviews

Alone Together

This album pulls off the rare feat of making loneliness sound fun. Dance music is an inherently communal thing, and so it’s easy to forget that producing tracks is often a solitary endeavor, undertaken late at night, when all but the strangest, most troubled or most hedonistic among us have gone off to bed. That dichotomy of doing something alone to build something to be enjoyed by a lot of people all at the same time in one place, is what’s at the heart of this record.

Much of the best dance music ever created, from Larry Heard to Superpitcher (and way beyond), has an element of sadness, of desolation, of longing. In order to be truly enduring, I find that music has to be able to stir unusual combinations of feeling, provoking new questions months and years after you first heard it. So when you hear songs this propulsive, and yet so well suited to staring-out-the-window introspection, so cathartic, and yet so pent up with unspooled anxiety, it’s easy to imagine returning to them for years, the way you do with all of the best tracks.

Album format electronic music is nearly always a tough gamble, particularly when the music is geared to the dance floor. Too often, a dance record just assembles enough disjointed tracks to qualify as an LP and then coasts on the strength of a single or two. Luckily, Friend of Mine sees DJ Dodger Stadium executing a strong concept with enough vision to meld these tracks together in a way that builds a cohesive world in which they live. This is music equally suited to lying motionless, staring at the ceiling, as it is for hanging out in dimly lit warehouses, making hazy memories with your friends late at night.

The repetitive, looping vocal samples can sound by turns celebratory, ominous and heartbroken, often all within the same song, but they always serve as guides, subtly propulsively urging you through their world. The music is both futuristic and familiar, channeling memories of house music past and filtering it through just the right blend of Now and New. This is music that is unlikely to sound dated anytime in the near future, so long as 4/4 beats and repetitive melodies are still what keep our feet moving.

pure cheese

total boredom inducing listening experience

electro with an edge of deephouse mixed

This whole album totally electro with an edge of deephouse, making a afterhours party hot...some of it I can see movin to in a club!!!

Friend of Mine, DJ Dodger Stadium
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