Alright, so I'm not a music critic but there was something about this mix that compelled me to write a bit more than 147 characters. Of all the things that came out of my first Defcon, discovering Jackalope for the first time was easily the most uplifting for my increasing bouts of bleh.
If electronic doesn't do it for you by all means keep right on moving but if you grew up with jungle and breaks like I did....shit don't even read the rest of this. Go straight to Miss J's page and pony up the reasonable sum of $17 for the 2 CD pack or go apeshit like i'm about to and buy all the things b/c talent like hers deserves the support.
From the second Track 1 starts I'm catapulted back in time and I feel 13 years younger. Back to the Northeast scene. Night after night of Space, Motion, The Warehouse, The Zodiac, Troc and Silo. Those were the places I called home and they changed my life forever. In the space of just the first 3 tracks, Urban Robotics reminded me what it felt like to be truly excited and inspired by music.
The thing that stands out the most is you can tell Jackalope loves what she does. I can feel her pouring over track after track, trying to find the right story to tell, trying to reach out to those of us of like mind and like soul. She's got a lot to say here and with UR she's shouting it from the rooftops. This mix is begging for us to hear it, to feel that....something.
I've been going through some burnout lately because, hey, life. From beginning to end I was smiling from ear to ear. It's been a long time since I had this reaction and I just thought someone else might want to hear about it. Thank you Defcon for the recharge and thank you Jackalope for the memories.