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Miguel Migs, Outside the Skyline
Om Records, Sept. 21

09/22/11



Aside from a few trite wobbly-lightsaber moments in the laid-back Prince-funk track “Tonight,” San Fran DJ Migs sticks to his promise to eschew what’s fashionable behind the velvet ropes these days. OK, that ain’t the hardest thing to do (all that Ed Banger stuff has to be taking on more water than a 10-ton cheese grater by now, right? I hope?) but regardless, he’s sticking to his deep-house plan on this new full-length artist release, evincing more love for P-funk groove than slam-dunk hooks. A lot more subdued than Those Things (he’s been milking that one for every last remix since 2007), OTS is a paean to bedroom hair, appropriately enough trotting out ’80s disco queen Evelyn “Champagne” King to doll up “Everybody” with some gospel steez (yes, there are plenty of Kool & The Gang stun-ray effects and such). Aya turns in the most compatible vocal track, sounding like Hugh Masekela in a seductive mood, smoke and steam everywhere (“The Distance”). A —Eric W. Saeger






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