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Part of the Weekend Never Dies

Soulwax seem to be one of those acts nobody can fault; effortlessly knocking out ingenious mash-ups that skim the cream off obscure classics and time-worn standards alike and teasing something entirely new out of the mix. Following up on some type-tastic promos, the artists briefly billed as 2manyDJs are now the subject of a new film.

A rockumentary, tour diary and concert film shot, soundtracked and pieced together with an affection for Soulwax’s sensational musical style. I watched the clip from the movie up here and was struck by the director’s intuition for pace and direction using quick snatches of dialogue and music that replicate the scattergun stream-of-consciousness that signify a great night of clubbing. As Tony Naylor writes in the Guardian, director Saam Farahmand ‘distils the essence of clubland’ into 60 minutes of craftily edited footage culled from 120 shows around the world. As an audiovisual piece this looks like it could be a stunning sensory assault driven by a photosonic approach to documentary. But I wonder whether it will find its way into clubs or whether the clubbers will be expected to decamp to the cinema?

Let’s hope the Chemical Brothers and Justice are watching with open minds…

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