Funkstorung | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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On the new Additional Productions (Studio K7) Funkstorung--the duo of German Michael Fakesch and Italian Chris De Luca--wields its beats like blades, dismembering familiar tunes like Bjork's "All Is Full of Love" and the Wu-Tang Clan's "Reunited" and assembling the motific detritus into something else altogether. Vocal snippets become buoys, floating guidelines to keep the dense, stuttering rhythms connected to the original source no matter how far out they drift. Cramped, overloaded breakbeats spool and unspool like yo-yos, but with each toss and return, some little snag crops up, corrupting the line. Underneath the frenetic surface, melancholy little synth melodies waft by. Funkstorung seems to save the most extreme musical displays for remix work, but this new collection certainly illustrates the duo's methodology. Funkstorung has earned frequent comparisons to Autechre, and the two groups share a tense, impatient vibe. Unlike Autechre, however, Funkstorung (which translates as "radio interference") is, well, funky, albeit in a sideways fashion. Funkstorung's Chicago debut is part of the impressive new "/bin" series curated by Mike Javor (and discussed in Post No Bills this week). Also on the bill are Kit Clayton and Lexancaulpt (aka Alex Graham), a couple of LA-area artists who also traffic in post-Autechre electro-confusion. Thursday, July 15, 9 PM, HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo; 312-362-9707. PETER MARGASAK

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