Minneapolis three-piece Beat Detectives have been getting twisted across a few tape releases now on labels like 100% Silk, Night People and Moon Glyph. Finally mutating their way onto the 1080p roster after being shut down at one plant due to “questionable content”, their latest party tape of loose and disorienting house and heavy bubblegum beats turns up the amateur bombast even further than usual.
“ASSCOP”’s light antagonism comes beamed in (much like their previous cassette tapes) from some discarded Winamp .pls on their cluttered PC desktop; a very heady split between authentic FM radio channel scanning and digital radio show, shredding heavily attitudinal house tracks in between gunked snippets of Rock Stations and dazed vocal interludes (“Youtube!”) up against crass bootleg beats and dubbed-out vocal techno.
The “3am basement house party” vibe has always (literally borne out of “dirt raves in punker basements”) been smudged onto their rhythms but it seems as if “ASSCOP” is made for the pavement, emphatically strutting alongside the listener on a deep quest to loosen things up, pulling artifacts from all sorts of genres, styles and locations. “Summer in the City” is super heavy and extremely funky, exuding the dusty 70s/80s glitz of disco and proto-house via punctuative handclaps and sex-positive bass groove. “Fresh Out The Pack” is bouncy and propelled by low, squelchy synths while “Oh That Felix” opens the tape up with the most substantial and contemporary dance music modes.
Passing tracks and ideas back and forth between Minneapolis and New York City, Aaron Anderson, Oakley Tapola and Chris Hontos (of Dreamweapon and Food Pyramid), Beat Detectives production model has morphed into the versatile vehicle that allows “ASSCOP” to exist in a post-band, post-ironic blur of funk and incessant rhythms.
I really enjoy how this album gives an insight into what these two artists consider a good night out, which makes the two sides of the album very different. It really sets an atmosphere and flows very well, really giving the feel of a Friday night in a big city, which I believe is why this album is considered a classic. lukelukeluke128