Wallpaper. Theyre the new Michael Jacksons: Keeping their noses to the grindstone, Bay Area dudes Eric Frederic and beat-keeper Arjun Singh produced and recorded the wonderwall of danceable sonic rubbish unfortunately called Doodoo Face (Eeenie Meenie). This is a very funny thang, greasy glittery funk liberally drizzled with monster beats, aerified 80s polysynth chord garbage, supa-bowel-cleansing bass, and, you were asking, heavy loads of Vocoder (thank you, Roger Troutman). Check their track I Got Soul, Im So Wasted, where its like irony to the 90th power but it just doesnt matter; singer Ricky Reed creepy-croons it all out with genuine charisma, like he believes in himself (very important).
The duos P-Funk-Arabian Prince-Debarge whatever-type party sleaze simply sounds real good right now. You may know Wallpaper, as well, from Frederics renegade remix/mashup of Jay-Zs DOA (Death of Auto-Tune) and 99 Problems, in which the producer feeds Jay-Zs rap through... you guessed it, Auto-Tune. (He also rewrites the chorus of 99 Problems to include the line, I got 99 problems but my pitch aint one. Wallpaper with DJs Mike Deuce and Jessica Who? at 11 p.m. Saturday at Grand Central (697 N. Miami Ave., Miami). Tickets cost $10 in advance from wantickets.com, and the show is for those 18 and up. Call 305-377-2277, or visit grandcentralmiami.com.
Sat., Aug. 7, 11 p.m., 2010