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Where Dancefloors Stand Still


“New York is too high strung to ever ‘chill out,’” Terre Thaemlitz told the Milwaukee rave zine Massive in 1995. Thaemlitz’s first and only mix CD, Where Dancefloors Stand Still, released under the alias DJ Sprinkles, makes that statement seem tongue-in cheek; its languid deep house feels very New York, and it also feels very chill. The DJ (who flips between male and female pronouns) imbues all her work with a political edge: His first gigs were for ACT UP New York events. Here, it comes in the title—between 2012 and 2015, Japan, where Thaemlitz has long lived, had made dancing past one a.m. illegal.

Michaelangelo Matos

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