Tribal masters T-Pro and Angel C, Queer Eye soundtrack, Kylie Minogue, more

by Doug Rule
Published on January 22, 2004, 12:00am | Comments

Tribal Pleasures

AY, GAY TRIBAL PAPIS… The publicist sent out what was in effect an all-points bulletin: “Both Angel C and T-Pro are gay and out -- and were doing the tribal thing long before the straight boys like Victor Calderone dipped in.” Calling all danceheads: have you seen Angel C and T-Pro? You probably haven't heard of them either. And that is unfortunate, though not because of the hard-to-confirm hyperbolic claim that they are the original “NYC tribal masters,” the “grandpapis” of the latest tribal house trendsetters, including gay faves Calderone, Murk, and to varying degrees Peter Rauhofer and Chris Cox. One listen to their jointly mixed compilation of dazzling polyrhythmic percussive assaults, Tribal Pleasures (Jellybean Recordings/Sony Discos), and you'll be upset that the alarm wasn't sounded earlier. In fact, the new CD's only failing is the sirens that wail occasionally in the latter half of the hour-long disc. Generally the mark of an unimaginative DJ -- or at best one who indulges his crowd's demand for sensory enhancement -- blaring sirens are merely annoying live. On record? They're unforgivable.

But we'd forgive Angel C and T-Pro if the two would finally venture down for a live engagement in Washington, where they'd be sure to rouse the crowd with their Afro-Latin brand of house. After all, T-Pro is from D.C., where he spun in Tracks' video room for a time. There's really no excuse. If “Nuyorican” T-Pro and “Mexi-Rican” Angel C's live set is as awe-inspiring as this CD, which sets the best-compilation-of-2004 bar incredibly high incredibly early, the two would be the talk of the town for months…

THE DANCE AWARD GOES TO, PARIS HILTON?… We're moving full-speed ahead -- did someone say kicking and screaming? -- right into awards season. For dance music, one of the two biggest awards pageants has just announced its exhaustive list of nominees. (The Winter Music Conference's International Dance Music Awards should be announced shortly.) The general public can vote in DanceStar's American Dance Music Awards, to be presented March 9 in Miami as part of dance music's biggest week of the year. Moby will be honored with the Outstanding Contribution to American Dance Music. Paul Van Dyk and the Crystal Method racked up the most nominations with five each; BT scored four; and Peter Rauhofer, Murk, Benny Benassi and OutKast -- yes, the hip-hop duo -- all garnered three apiece. Basement Jaxx will face stiff competition from BT, the Crystal Method, OutKast and Van Dyk for Best Album, for Kish Kash (Astralwerks). Meanwhile, BT's “Simply Being Love (Somnambulist)” goes up against, among others as Best Single: Kelis' “Milkshake,” OutKast's “Hey Ya,” and Dannii Minogue's “I Begin to Wonder,” from her forgettable recent album Neon Nights (Ultra). Who will reign as Best DJ: Victor Calderone, Deep Dish, Murk's Oscar G, Rauhofer? Someone else? And will Paris Hilton snag the Best Celebrity DJ category? Yes, there really is such an award, and yes, she really is nominated. Air your grievance at…

Queer Eye Soundtrack

QUEER EYE, HOW BRITISH… This may prove quite a remarkable year for the completely reunited Duran Duran, and their forthcoming studio album, their first in decades, may get a boost from those Queer Eye guys. The group's brand-new “Sunrise” single will feature on the first Queer Eye for the Straight Guy soundtrack (Capitol), which was seemingly inspired by recent British pop charts in compiling its tracks, including Basement Jaxx, a recent British chart-topper from Elton John and another from British singer Jamelia. Also featured is a Chemical Brothers (see, British again) remix of “Slow” by Kylie Minogue (not British, but she has called London home for years).

Kylie Minogue

Minogue's latest album, Body Language (Capitol) drops the same day stateside as the Queer Eye soundtrack, which also happens to be the same day we'll see the return of Melissa Etheridge, with Lucky (Island), Norah Jones, with Feels Like Home (Blue Note), and Gloria Estefan, with the DVD Live & Unwrapped (Epic). The day in question? Feb. 10, also the birthday of a certain Metro Weekly writer. A good day, indeed…

NFL'S POLITICAL FUMBLE… The National Football League is stirring up politics, however unintentionally, in its plans for Super Bowl pre-game and halftime performances. While Janet Jackson will headline the halftime show and Beyonce will croon the national anthem, U2's Bono will be sitting on the sidelines, where he was benched. Unconscionably, the NFL rejected a noble offer from Bono to perform a new song, “An American Prayer,” with Jennifer Lopez, that focuses on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The NFL justified its fumble with the statement that it wanted to keep the focus on entertainment, not politics. That claim is all-but betrayed by plans of the game's organizers. “Welcome to Houston -- the Spirit of Texas” is the chosen theme for Super Bowl XXXVIII, which will probably be the most watched show of this election year when the incumbent President is from Texas. Perhaps that can be excused by mere coincidence of geography, but there's also this: the pre-game lineup includes the not-a-Texan Toby Keith, a celebrated fan of the incumbent President, but not his dueling pop-politico partners, the truly-Texan Dixie Chicks, who are decidedly not fans of the incumbent President. Regardless of the alleged non-political political motives though, wouldn't you be more entertained by Bono and Lopez than by other scheduled performers Aerosmith or Josh Groban? Or P. Diddy? None of them are from Texas, by the way…

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