Dancing on the Ceiling

Wallpaper. They’re 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, I’m So Wasted,” where it’s like irony to the 90th power but it just doesn’t matter; singer Ricky Reed creepy-croons it all out with genuine charisma, like he believes in himself (very important).

The duo’s P-Funk-Arabian Prince-Debarge whatever-type party sleaze simply sounds real good right now. You may know Wallpaper, as well, from Frederic’s renegade remix/mashup of Jay-Z’s “DOA (Death of Auto-Tune)” and “99 Problems,” in which the producer feeds Jay-Z’s 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 ain’t 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

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