EXCURSIONS 009: IN FLAGRANTI
Words: Bad Lieutenant
Perhaps there is no one better suited for our Black Friday EXCURSIONS mix than the Swiss Dj duo and Codek record label owners In Flagranti. In Flagranti’s transgressive ethos stands in stark contrast to the discount sale of neatly packaged consumer products on this late capitalist holiday. For nearly 30 years, Alex Gloor and Sasa Crnobrnja have laid waste to social mores through their art and music production.
Alex and Sasa both grew up in Switzerland. They met by chance in a record store in Basel in 1991 when a conversation sparked over cosmic records. A friendship was forged based on their mutual artistic influences and future ambitions. Alex would continue to live in New York City where he’d been located since 1984. Sasa would move from Basel to the Big Apple in ‘93. During their time in NYC, they’d rub shoulders with many downtown luminaries, whilst continuing to pull on the threads of the sleazy, DIY fabric that had been laid before them, contesting Giuliani’s efforts to sterilize Manhattan in hopes of extinguishing its seedy past.
Once Alex moved back to Basel in the early 2000’s, Sasa and he would stay artistically connected through exchanges over the internet. Sasa would continue to discover material of all varieties from the bowels of New York. From VHS cut ups to obscure disco slices layered with audio clips, the pair would morph this material into a singular In Flagranti aesthetic. In Flagranti soon began touring the world dj’ing while pushing their records through France’s Discograph distribution.
Dig through In Flagranti’s record covers and party flyers over the past 20 years and you’ll find an assortment of lurid artwork, representing long term influences from the transgressive art and cinema world of late 20th century NYC. As electronic music continues its move into popular consumption, In Flagranti remains impervious to trend, continuing to deliver a visceral, and at times ,vulgar, DIY Punk patois to the dance music vernacular. Sleaze is a thematic through line in their work. As Alex and Sasa say, ”We use everything we like… (from) when we were growing up in the 70’s… images, sounds, movies. In Flagranti is the lived memories mixed in a giant blender and re-assembled into a fantastic conundrum.”
EXCURSIONS 009 is an aural kaleidoscope in true In Flagranti fashion. Seedy sounds leak from every orifice of the mix echoing memories of the past. Like Fear City in the 1980s, caution is advised …
Of course, being Black Friday we had to create an exclusive product in honor of this mix: naturally, an OVER&OVER / INFLAGRANTI T-Shirt.
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