Pat Mahoney at Smart Bar | Concert preview
Former LCD Soundsystem drummer hits the decks.
Pat Mahoney picked up plenty of notice as the live drummer for LCD Soundsystem, sometimes perched at the front of the stage, yet he remains best known for his DJ sets with LCD’s James Murphy, often under the nameplate Special Disco Version. The duo’s Fabriclive.36 was a disco-meets–nu-disco and tech-funk blend that embodied the spirit of 2007, a collision of the classic and contemporary in dance music, just as LCD’s star was going supernova. The the mix is slow as molasses, but it’s still genius in the selection department—goofy in all the right ways.
Credit Mahoney’s unlikely obsession with Balearic beat—the cool, eclectic, often Afro-tinged rhythms that Paul Oakenfold brought from Ibiza to England. It may seem like an odd choice for an ex-punk, but Mahoney makes it feel natural. The genre celebrates a variety of easy-to-love styles, leaving room for both the great recent re-edits of Todd Terje, Italo tunes and punk funk up through classic disco. In short, perfect for showcasing a cosmic collection.
Last year Mahoney previewed a fest appearance Down Under with a fresh mix that had him bouncing from Tensnake to the Love Unlimited Orchestra, while drawing more heavily from current music than one might expect. The good news is that whatever Mahoney and Murphy wrought in the last decade is still coming back to us in made-for-today beats. That and the fact that Mahoney’s jacked up the tempos considerably in the last six years.