Boomkat Product Review:
Compiling all of Terre Thaemlitz’s incredible K-S.H.E productions beyond the 2006 debut album 'Routes not Roots' including some all-time classics making their maiden outing on any digital format - if you obsess over Terre’s 'Midtown 120 Blues’ album as DJ Sprinkles - this is as crucial as it gets.
Tending to the Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion musical persona which Terre has explored since 2006’s seminal ‘Routes Not Roots’ album (awarded a rare 5/5 on RA), and on a bunch of unmissable remixes, she sums up the project via an hour and a half of top shelf cuts in ‘Spirits, lose your hold (route 69: 2006-2012)’, spanning masterful deep house flips of a notorious “gay exorcism” alongside a couple of collaborations with avant-garde performance ensemble Zeitkratzer.
Like the preceding sets of Terre’s Neu Wuss Fusion, ‘Fagjazz’, and ‘Gayest Tits & Greyest Shits’, the stylistic diversity is incredible and inimitable, seamlessly integrated with their politics in the most engrossing way that’s guided their work since the early ‘90s. As Terre now approaches 30 years of releases, these retrospective comps prove the enduring, timeless quality and spirit of her oeuvre with collections that we can see ourselves returning to 30 years from now.
Frankly it’s essential for the opening couplet alone. Stemming from Terre’s ’Soulnessless’ (2012) sessions, the corresponding K-S.H.E. remix 12” is now long out-of-print and impossible to find, understandably so after one has submitted to its masterful 13min+ plays of spare, rolling percussion and demonic pastor sampled from the Manifested Glory Ministries. The more percussive ‘Homosexual Spirits’ cut is more delirious, and honestly one of the most powerful club cuts you’ll likely ever hear - you almost need the stripped down ‘Spirits, Lose Your Hold’ mix for the comedown reflection.
Factor in the cinematic deep house hustle of 2006’s ‘Melancholy Grow’ and its earthier dub, plus the sizzling slow/fast drums of her remix to a previously unreleased original version of ‘Reverse Rotation’, or the grander staging of ‘Down Home Kami-Sukunobe’ and ‘Hobo Train’, with its chugging drums and almost MES-like vocal, and you’ve got a Thaemlitz shelf essential - one of the best things we’ve heard in forever.
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