Les Georges Leningrad
Supa Doopa Remix EP
Troubleman Unlimited - 2005
Twice voted "freakiest local act" by the readers of the Montreal Mirror and well known for their elaborate stage costumes and masks, experimentalists Les Georges Leningrad were always longer on myth than facts. In their eight-year existence from 1999 to 2007, the threesome of crazed singer Poney P, guitarist and keyboardist Mingo L'Indien and drummer Bobo Boutin maintained an almost obsessive obtuseness during their many interviews. In a rare lapse of lucidity, though, Boutin referred to their frantic mash-up of punk, electro and Reichian caterwauling as "petrochemical rock".
Those brave souls who spin records by the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Lydia Lunch or even fellow Montrealers Lesbians on Ecstasy would do well to dig up Les Georges Leningrad's trio of wacked-out albums, from 2002's grating Deux Hot Dogs Moutarde Chou to 2006's uncompromising Sangre Puro. For those of us on the more cautious side, this swell remix EP of their 'Supa Doopa', taken from the 2004 LP Sur les Traces de Black Eskimo, makes a much safer, and more satisfying, starting-off point. Things kick off with the track's original mix, a throbbing muscular electro workout that is easily one of the group's best tracks. The three new versions here are all intriguing in their own ways - Magas' scrappy remix, for instance, betrays the Detroiter's own down and dirty Michigan roots - but for best results head straight to Marc Leclair's plucky microhouse mix. The Montreal DJ better known as Akufen rips it apart and reassembles it as a bouncy club track that will have them dancing for days.
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