Released: Feb 2011
Label: In The Red
Worlds collide! Detroit's Dirtbombs make nice between their city's garage-rock and techno scenes with a collection of covers of Motor City club classics by Derrick May, Cybotron, Carl Craig et al. What could have been a one-liner works shockingly well, rendering "Sharivari" as gumshoe ESG, "Good Life" as drunken dance punk, and "Strings of Life" as a minimalist blaster reminiscent of the Plugz Latin punk. "Jaguar" turns into roiling surf rock, and "Bug in the Bass Bin" is stretched to 22 minutes of skronking psychedelia. All told, a ringing endorsement for recycling.
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