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PRO.FILE 2: FRANKIE BONES TURNTABLE SPECIALIST

(BROOKLYN MUSIC)

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Bones has been DJing since the 1980s, and his minimalist grooves go straight back to old-school acid, the least melodic of house-music variants. His newest CD, however, diverges at times from the dryness of acid into the warmth ó even the romanticism ó of recent German techno. Long-time followers of Bones will be surprised to find him selecting songs as deep-house rhythmic and plush as M.C. J featuring Simaís "To Yourself Be Free" or as dreamily romantic as Bonesbreaks 7ís "Dreams on Plastic." And then thereís the space disco of Looney Tunesí "Let the Beat Control Your Body" and the hip-hop-like slow beats of Equationís "The Answer."

Still, a CD dominated by non-melodic break jams like Atomic Babiesí "Get Up," Robert Armaniís "Darkness," Paul Birkenís "Speaker Freaker," and Magic Mikeís definitively metallic "Itís Automatic" will never give off the perfumery of deep-house diva style. With his own audience to please, Bones knows when to stop digressing. Whatís harder to figure is why after selecting his tracks he does not continuously mix them. Whatís the sense of having a DJ as featured performer if he does only half his job?

BY MICHAEL FREEDBERG

Issue Date: July 4 - 11, 2002
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