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DJ Jonathan Peters
SOUND FACTORY: THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
(SOUND FACTORY)

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In celebration of New Yorkís Sound Factory, one of the spawning grounds for the deepest styles of house music, this two-disc set features DJ Jonathan Peters at the turntables. His mixing style is sharp, fast, and intense, and so is his sound: if you like electronic dazzle, tribal rhythms, lots of synthesized vibrato, and beats that both sprinkle and run fast, youíll feel right at home.

But the Sound Factory ó first made famous by legendary DJs Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry ó has its own sound, a plush, ornery deep boom that features distorted low male vocals and highly painted female ones. Peters adjusts his set just enough to Sound Factory style to keep the dancers happy even as he feeds them several lines of his own brand of razor licks and prickly beats ó and he keeps the unlikely mix going for two hours, so comfortably that it begins to feel like a match made in disco heaven. He rarely mixes familiar tracks into his work. Instead, on the first disc he works with Minimal 421ís "Notre rencontre" and Lokiís "NYCU," both of them brandishing a tough, metallic beat redolent of DJ Carl Cox; Gaetano Parisioís "Jr Roll"; Ben Simsís lusty, deep "Carnival Part 1"; and his own "Going Thru It." Memorable from the second disc are John Creamer and Stephane Kís "I Wish You Were Here," which is sexier than anything on the pairís new Bedrock CD; Lillianís cool and sultry "You Give Me Music"; Oscar G & Strykeís intoxicatingly tribal "Hypnotized"; and Rhythm Unlimitedís "Feel This," eight minutes of percussive and atmospheric hard house.

BY MICHAEL FREEDBERG

Issue Date: November 28 - December 5, 2002
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