Luomo: "Really Don't Mind (single edit)/Really Don't Mind"


By Mark Abraham | 10 October 2006

We’re talking the single edit first; the album version follows the hall-of-mirrors approach that made Luomo famous, but which all the tracks on Paper Tigers take to such an illogical extreme that I actually had a schizophrenic reaction: the experimental fan in me is grooving happily while the dance fan in me is saying things like “but -- this will clear a dance floor in about two seconds.” This version condenses the more esoteric textural bombs of the album into perfect dance floor moments, Joanna Iivanainen’s vocals and vocal harmonies piggy-backing one another across the percussive lips and folds Vladislav Delay creates from guitar samples and programmed drums. Unfortunately, perhaps, the sheer every-hit-panned-and-filtered-individually magnificence of the album cut is lacking on the single, but that’s what edits are for, right? To ensure your own musical exodus can take people with it, rather than send them stumbling to the bar because those bubbles and blurps are intimidating for limbs and libido.

It’s hard sometimes to tell -- Vocalcity was so good and treading that line between long context and short accessibility, but maybe it actually limited Luomo’s approach. If he’s breaking out of the constraints now, the album version certainly shows him skirting all known rules of dance floor propriety in favor of cinematic soundscapes with fleshed out characters: “Will Shaker ever be able to reveal his love to Kick Drum? Will Kick Drum be able to reveal a secret of his own?” The answer to both those questions is about the way Luomo plays with percussion. If you want pristine streamlining, go Kompakt. If you want smart cacophony, hit Villalobos. But if you was to hear just how interestingly dance drums can be produced, Luomo has always had your number, and whether he’s building moments out of toms or hats or snares or guitar solo samples, you can feel how organic the shifts are because of the way he treats each track like it itself is an epic song. In other words, taken as a whole or languishing in the moments, Luomo is splitting all differences.