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Electric Picnic 2010 - Liquid Liquid

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ATL | 20:54 UK time, Sunday, 5 September 2010

Cosby Stage, Sunday 5th September, 7.45pm

Describe in a tweet: 2010: A Funk Odyssey.

What happened: It's pretty safe to say that Liquid Liquid deserve the appellation "Legendary". The NYC punk-funk band are responsible for the song which provides most of the building blocks of Grandmaster Flash's 'White Lines' and the Glasgow club DJs Optimo named themselves after one of the band's songs.

When they emerge onto the Cosby stage, the tent seems full of every kind of percussive instrument known to man, and with a blast of rumbling bass, they treat us to a set of unsettling, sub-aqueous funk. The cultural melting pot of NYC provides the backdrop to their music, littered with paranoid narratives, and filled with Latin percussive rhythms. It's a hipster's paradise, and even the coolest customers are moved to shake their booty.

When they leave us, we're clearly hungry for more. Exiting the stage, we're told that they'll be back soon, or if we fancy it, we can move to New York with them. It's hard to think of reasons not to with an invite like that.

Electric Dreams: 'Optimo' is immense, but a startling marimba duel steals the show, with some insanely good playing on display.

Ants at a Picnic: At the start of the set, it's not always as tight as it could be, but given what happens later, we'll forgive them.

EP Rating: 7/10


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