It’s not that I’m unable to recognize when an electronic artist is doing something interesting, but it’s more that I don’t have the time to invest in the vast expanse of understanding the nuance and influences to speak intelligently about it. (Not that I speak very intelligently about rock for the most part either, but I feel like I have a better handle on that subject.) That’s what makes Giraffage a different beast: I have no idea what the hell is going on outside of samples slowed to a molasses pace, but dammit if I don’t enjoy it.
The San Francisco artist, known as Charlie Yin when he’s not working, specializes in reworking tracks that are always right on the tip of your memory, just out of grasping the handle on what the name of the song is. In this case, the first track on his new album, “Close 2 Me”, utilizes Cathy Dennis’ version of Fonda Rae’s “Touch Me (All Night Long).” (You would have figured that out eventually, right?) And even though the sampled song has been hacked down into the most recognizable, most edible portions, it’s still a fascinating starting point for what Giraffage is up to (if you were previously unaware of his output).
Needs is the name of Giraffage’s most recent release, and it’s available for whatever price you deem necessary to pay. I’d recommend tossing a couple bucks his way so he can keep churning out stuff like this.
Giraffage // Close 2 Me [mp3] from Needs