Levon Vincent, Double Jointed Sex Freak

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Artwork by Betsy VanLangen

[Novel Sound]


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Dance music enthusiasts of all kinds were treated to a wide variety of tracks from Levon Vincent last year: minimalist peak-time anthems (“Solemn Days”), vocorded house jams (“I Owe You Everything”) and dub-techno freak-outs (“Games Dub”). With his newest release on his own Novel Sound, the wonderfully titled Double Jointed Sex Freak, I find myself returning to an increasingly common question for each LV release: What the hell is this? With the help of his muse Rebecca (“a true athlete”) Levon has managed to out freak himself, taking the varied sounds of his breakout year and throwing them into one big messy pile of dance-music bliss. Other producers might provoke skepticism by claiming “It is the best record I have ever made — my proudest moment!”, but Levon’s enthusiasm rings true; and even compared with his top notch back catalog, it’s hard to argue Double Jointed Sex Freak is anything less than the work of a man realizing his full potential.

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Split into three sections, Double Jointed Sex Freak isn’t a single track, but rather multiple iterations of a single concept. “Part 1” takes up the entire A side as a glorious long-form experiment in “ass-shakery.” With an ornery kick, brushed reverberating noises and half-whispered onomatopoeia, the first part storms in and forces dancers to get moving in its rush of energy. Contorted vocal sounds lend curious quirks not often found in Levon’s work, and rhythmic jabs jump in and depart whenever they please. “Part 2” is slightly but noticeably more restrained. Their shared origins are apparent but each diverges wildly as they take shape. A subdued guitar riff winds along the underbelly of “Part 2,” and with rumbling bass and steamy hi-hats in tow gives its predecessor a run for its money. “Part 3” wraps up the EP in fine form, reprising the vocals (if they can be called that) from “Part 1” and simmering down the first two parts into a short but sweet epilogue.

What distinguishes Vincent from many of his peers is his free-form approach to crafting dance tracks. Double Jointed Sex Freak doesn’t seem concerned with what a dance record should do, and yet its commanding arc of tunes compels listeners to find their own rhythm inside its wealth of textures and tangled progressions. No longer a rising star, Levon Vincent has arrived, and that many are just now catching up to Double Jointed Sex Freak proves he is still a couple steps ahead of the rest.

harpomarx42  on January 13, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Levon does it again. Just about pips Games Dub at the post. I for one would like to know what kind of messed up equipment he used to create all this. Something he invented, for all we know.

Tampopo  on January 13, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I second that. Really dig this track. Dirty sweat machine. Levon is a very interesting artist.

ML  on January 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

wow. I need to get me some Rebecca

James  on January 13, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Wow.. that is so good. And the sounds have that Levon Vincent angel dust sheen that are kinda sexy/scary. Perfect early morning track!!

Krul  on January 14, 2010 at 6:45 AM

after late night jam I thought “hell, where does the dude go from here” and a month later he releases this… here’s to hoping 2010 will be just as good for him.

Blaktony  on January 14, 2010 at 9:33 PM

I kept fukin’ seeing this guys name everywhere,i must admit i’m late in the game cuz i’m listenin’ to everything (so thanks for exposing me to this).LV is a bad MF’r. I’m glad quality cuts are back in form, for so long there’s been a tendancy to accept bullshit.

cris  on January 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

MONSTER

Rasmus Rygaard  on January 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Solid, solid, solid. Love how certain elements keep coming back in his productions (like that sound at the beginning of Part 2) while he continues to evolve his sound.

Mickey Jack  on January 16, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Its like Mike Huckaby Meets Mike Dunn & Finishes it with Marcel Dettmann. Diggin this!

Steven  on January 18, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Massive! Levon’s podcasts on mmnlssgs and Resident Advisor are highly recommended as well…

Groove N' Vibes  on January 19, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Huge !! Already out of stock at one of my regular record store !

Sotek  on January 20, 2010 at 1:55 AM

I can feel this one so good… NS04 is Levon Vincent’s best record so far, IMHO.

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