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Soulwax, 2 Many DJs

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The mashup trend that exploded a few years ago has persuaded a lot of people to reboot their ideas about musical structure and intellectual property, but it hasn't helped too many folks get paid. One exception is the pair of Belgian brothers who work alternately under the names 2 Many DJs and Soulwax. Their 2002 mix tape As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 pretty much defined the mashup genre with its dizzying combination of impropriety (Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" over the Stooges' "No Fun") and brilliance (Skee-Lo's half-forgotten "I Wish" wedded to "Eye of the Tiger," with a little dash of the Breeders), and since then they've done official remixes for just about everyone and even landed a record deal as Soulwax. Their newest project, Nite Versions, which just dropped stateside on Modular, recasts the dirty dance-rock joints from the 2004 Soulwax disc Any Minute Now as electro-pop singles--but even though they're designed to sound like the "extended dance remixes" of the 80s, they're performed by a full live band. A version of that band headlines this "Radio Soulwax" tour, which includes DJ sets from 2 Many DJs and JDH & Dave P; the local Life During Wartime crew will also spin. Sun 9/17, 10 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 312-559-1212, $15.

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