Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – Track 5 review

To date Delia & Gavin’s “Track #5” has only appeared in a criminally short burst of some three minutes towards the end of the Goldsworthy and Sweeney mixed DFA Holiday Mix 2005. Culled from the mind bogglingly good Delia & Gavin album The Days Of Mars for it’s supposed incongruous sound, “Track #5” has remained a frustratingly unavailable curio for Delia & Gavin completists. Hooray to James Murphy and the other DFA decision makers for finally unveiling the track in all its ten minutes of soporific glory.

With Russom knee deep in his increasingly psychedelic Crystal Ark project as well as delivering a continually dizzying array of stellar remixes – including a forthcoming mind melter for Populette – it’s been purported this is potentially the last time we’ll see the contemporary wizard on a release with Gonzales. If that’s the case it’s fitting that the duo appears to be sauntering towards the light on the cover. Further delight can be gleaned on the opposing side where German duo Âme transforms the track into a relentlessly throbbing piece of house music that deserves to be played loud late at night in dark basement venues across the globe. The addition of this truly breathtaking dancefloor reimagination means this is a fine final chapter to an all too brief but excellent partnership.

Tony Poland