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DeVotchKa "The Clockwise Witness" (Vourteque remix) + Clockwork Dolls "Glory" (Vourteque's 1st Movement remix)
I cannot lie. My interactions with Chicago's steampunk scene have all been driven much more by my curiosity about its fashion, spectacle and people than by its music. And the reason I'm even hip to the Chicago steampunk scene in the first place is because one of its principle members, the Lord Baron  JCR Vourteque IV, has been a longtime DJ associate of mine. Well, with these two remixes—both by the Lord Baron—my fascination officially extends to the music as well. 

Here, DeVotchKa's "The Clockwise Witness" comes off like a indie-techno burner that's been bewitched by a gypsy woman—a hard 4/4 thump propels accordions, wordless vocal wails, strings and a clavichord. If Trentemøller were Baltic and not Scandinavian, his output might sound like this.

On Vourteque's reinterpreting of the Clockwork Dolls, marching snares, a folksy falsetto and distorted guitar ratchet up the energy level, morphing into what could be dubstep gone steampunk. The drums stomp until, whoosh, a dramatic breakdown cuts the track in half amid the massage of a string section that ushers in a more relaxed coda. 

It may be a challenge to figure out where to play these tracks out, but if the right Victorian-era wine-sipping soiree comes your way, you know what to do.

Download: DeVotchka "The Clockwise Witness"  (Vourteque remix) | 320 mp3

Download: The Clockwork Dolls "Glory" (Vourteque's 1st Movement remix) | 320 mp3

Switching gears entirely, we focus in on the latest exploits of Chicago disco romantic Kid Color. He's had a busy August, mixing the latest edition of his disco-indie-dance series Palette, and releasing the  second volume in his disco heater re-edit series.

The mix features multiple Color edits along with discoid tracks from fellow Chicagoan Tim Zawada and smoothed out remixes of Caribou and Cut Copy before easing out with some funky house from 2020 Soundsystem.

His second volume of edits tackles an even more diverse collection of artists, with vintage disco funk from Geraldine Hunt at one end to hypnotic disco rock from the Talking Heads at the other. And, if you're feeling his B. B. and Q. Band and Prince rerubs from his Palette mix, you can snag the full edits here.

Download: Kid Color Palette 5 DJ-mix | 320 mp3

Palette Five: A Kid Color Mix by Kid Color

Download: Kid Color Edits Volume 2 | 320 mp3s

Kid Color: The Edits - Volume Two by Kid Color



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