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Considering that Livesexact comprises a bunch of MIT techies who have only one album and that Segmented Purity is a lengthy disc of remixes by unknowns, it's pretty damn surprising that it outshines much of the nu-electro flooding the indie scene. Avoiding pretension in favor of fun and eschewing the long, pondersome passages that weigh down even the best electro albums (Ladytron's mostly excellent Light & Magic being a perfect example), Livesexact does a pretty good job of walking the line between the electro revival's distinct indie-isms and the fact that dance music should be, y'know, fun. Every track is wedded to a big, distinct pop hook — even including the instrumentals — and most of the remixers do a fantastic job of either making sense or making noise out of their chosen cut. The choicest track is the most coherent: "Livesexactivate," a big, dumb, horn-spiked funk-electro anthem that repeats its dopey "The Roof Is on Fire"-esque choruses for almost seven gleeful minutes. And even the more standard electro numbers, like the opening "Livesexwerk Mix" of "You Must Get Down," kick just as much butt.


Formed: 1996 in Boston, MA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Boston's own Livesexact came together in the mid-nineties with collegehood pals Freedom Baird, Alex Westner and Stefan Agamanolis. Each were in graduate school at MIT and received a grant from the MIT Council for the Arts to design a group of non-conventional MIDI instruments. Livesexact did that and then some. They formed a band using stuffed animal drums and loop arrangements out of astro-turf. Their developed their own punk-pop sound and gained a following in and around Boston. In 1999, Livesexact...
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