Long gone are the days when John Digweed needed the name of his erstwhile partner, Sasha, to draw attention to his talents. The DJ has been shining alone for a while, and he's now lending his skills to others, specifically Canada's production duo de jour MSTRKRFT. Digweed and MSTRKRFT are on a monthlong tour, "Diamonds 07," scheduled around the release of the second volume in Digweed's four-part Transitions series. Named after Digweed's syndicated radio show, Transitions showcases everything he is known for: upfront tracks, seamless mixing, and choice selections. Combing tracks that are available with some that are still not in the public domain, Digweed favors a bass-heavy sound that serves him well in his live sets and works just as well on this mix. Digweed's signature long-mix style is one of the key points on Transitions, allowing the tracks to play themselves out without jumping into the next one too quickly. Nothing is quite the same as hearing Digweed lock into a groove as a live DJ something that occurs roughly a third of the way into his marathon sets. While Digweed's marquee value may be bringing some well-deserved attention to MSTRKRFT, the pair is bringing some credibility to Digweed's new mainstream profile. The twosome who tend to like to hide their visages behind robot masks, Daft Punk-style has released its critically acclaimed album The Looks. The disc has generated numerous remixes for the likes of Bloc Party and Wolfmother.
John Digweed and MSTRKRFT perform at 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Pawn Shop, 1222 NE Second Ave., Miami. Admission is $30. Call 305-373-3511, or visit www.thepawnshoplounge.com.
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