Black Amex is the DJing duo of Matthew Loui (who performs solo as Chicks at the Mall) and Patrick Collins (whose solo sobriquet is Ladies Small). The pair — fed up with the dominance of dubstep and other dance music they considered “tacky” in Denver’s clubs — set out to bring disco back to the dance floor. While Loui (who also fronts Denver garage rockers Colfax Speed Queen) and Collins (a former Radio 1190 music director and current writer for Audiovore) don’t mind the revisionism of new disco producers like Todd Terje and Classixx, Black Amex draws its inspiration directly from the polyester-clad, cocaine-fueled dance fever of 1978. Funky bass lines, sizzling hi-hats and soaring synths pulse and undulate through their DJ sets, edits and remixes.
For “Post-Postscript,” Black Amex takes a disposable 1981 hit called “P.S.” by European pop sensation the Dolly Dots (scroll down for a taste of the original) and turn it into a guaranteed dance party starter. Retaining the funky groove of the original, Loui and Collins amp up the bass and rearrange the parts into an irresistible disco record. But the real secret to this remix’s crack-like addictiveness is that damned wood block — a driving percussive element absent in the original that gets inside your head and then drops straight to your feet. Steal it, crank it and dance. Then catch Black Amex at the UMS. The duo will play at Delite at midnight on Thursday, July 19
Saturday, July 21.
The Dolly Dots – “P.S.” – 1981
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