A team of dance wizards from Sweden make a rare stop in the U.S. together on Halloween. The Field is Axel Willner, who is known to cuts snippets out of popular dance, soul and rock tracks from the '70s and '80s, drench them in effects, loop them, and draw out the harmony inherent in a slice of sound by using synth lines and live drums. His new album on Kompakt, Looping State of Mind, marries the stuttering sample technique present on his previous two records with an epic sense of build and release. Listening to the record is like a musical puzzle, as only close familiarity with some of the source material can really reveal what is being flipped, but it pounds with the same late-night energy found in a good warehouse party.
Air France, on the other hand, haven’t released a full-length as such in their career; two EPs of ear candy—No Way Down and On Trade Winds— were delivered a few years ago, full of glowing string samples and summery ghost vocals, but since then there’s only been a single, “It Feels Good to Be Around You,” released earlier this year. They’ll be DJing at this set, the only U.S. performance on this trip, so even if they aren’t playing their songs live, which they basically never do, at least they’ll be treating the crowd to their own favorites. A sample of what they can do can be found on their recent mix for FACT magazine, which finds strobe-worthy Eurodisco mashed up next to trunk-rattling beats.
Oh, and it’s a haunted house party.
The Field & Air France
Monday, October 31
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles