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'It's all about feeling': Chicago dance great Larry Heard takes house to the heavens | Musique Non Stop

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Friday, August 4, 2017

'It's all about feeling': Chicago dance great Larry Heard takes house to the heavens

A prog rock kid who created existential club tracks with two tape decks, the producer known as Mr Fingers is a true pioneer. He talks about loneliness, day jobs and why Instagram is killing the dancefloor

When you listen to a Larry Heard track, the first thing that hits you is the bassline: elastic, erotic, condemned to endlessly repeat itself. It may dart distractedly from place to place, climb upwards only to fall back to where it started, and always sound sad and fraught, but it presses doggedly on. It’s an existential crisis you can dance to.

The cosmic bassline on the 1986 smash Can You Feel It helped open acid house’s spiritual dimension; on 1987’s Bring Down the Walls, the bassline chafes against the kick drums to create claustrophobia amid a song of freedom. Last year, fellow Chicagoan Kanye West slowed down the bassline of Heard’s Mystery of Love for his track Fade, in thrall to its nagging power.

If someone turned up the bass and the people went ‘Yay!’, you knew people liked bass. It was supply and demand

Everyone's peering and leering, taking pictures and video. It’s awkward, the opposite of how clubs were

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by Ben Beaumont-Thomas via Electronic music | The Guardian
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