This week's "Download" column, here in expanded version. With the exception, perhaps, of the Mashacre, everything here will likely be familiar to regular OTD readers: so before you roll your eyes, remember this is the column where we let those inky-fingered print-edition-reading types in on what you early-adopting wiseguys are up to. In the meantime, OTD's off to Certified Bananas/Airborn Audio tonight at another one of Smirnoff's undisclosed locations.


“Experimental party music” sounds like an oxymoron, and some of the time it is. But not always. It’s the mantra of the weekly “Beat Research” nights put on by Boston's DJ C and DJ Flack. And it’s a pretty good description of everything that follows.

*** Ghislain Poirier, Dirtier Than Clean (Lemon-Red Mix Series). This Montreal DJ and producer, who spins at this week’s “Beat Research,” approaches hip-hop as the lingua franca of electronic music: in a set grounded by crowd-favorite rap hits (Busta Rhymes, Ying Yang Twins), he sneaks in an electrifying world tour that includes grime, dancehall, and West African hip-hop.
Ghislain Poirier spins August 15 at “Beat Research,” at Enormous Room, 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge 617.491.5550.

***1/2 Wayne and Wax, Boston Mashacre. Coming from anyone else, a mashed-up highlight reel of overplayed Boston-identified standards (J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold,” the Cars’ “Just What I Needed,” and the New Kids’ “Hangin’ Tough”) would be best left at a Route 1 wedding reception. But the ethnomusicologist, dancehall scholar, and DJ Wayne & Wax treats this mix like a public art project (which it was: thank Somerville’s ArtBeat festival). Using familiar landmarks to draw in the masses, he points out uncanny connections between, say, Bel Biv Devoe’s “That Girl Is Poison” and Boston’s “More Than a Feeling.” This may not be the first time “Dirty Water” and “You Might Think” have met at a Davis Square farmers’ market. But Mr. Lif’s “Home of the Brave,” Extreme’s “More Than Words,” Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” and the Run DMC version of “Walk This Way” should spend this kind of quality time together more often.
Wayne and Wax spins August 29 at Enormous Room.

*** Saul Williams & Nick Catchdubs, Real Niggery. The volatile, brilliant spoken-word performer Saul Williams has been merciless in condemning hip-hop cliches that reflect poorly on black folks. His poetry trades in righteous indignation, and at times it has seemed as if Williams despises rap. The critic and DJ Nick “Catchdubs” Barat here sets Williams’ rants to contemporary hits in the style of a hip-hop street mixtape, suggesting that it’s more of a love/hate relationship. Listening to Williams’ open-letter-to-rap poem “Telegram” inserted as a freestyle on Damian Marley’s “Welcome To Jamrock,” you realize an indictment this scathing could have come only from one of hip-hop’s biggest fans.
Nick Catchdubs spins August 12 with Certified Bananas at Enormous Room.

*** The Transplants, “Not Today (Chopped and Screwed by DJ Paul Wall)” (LaSalle Records). Maybe it’s no coincidence that Houston’s diamond-grilled white hip-hop hope is also the king of screw: he must realize that at 1/3 fewer RPM, it’s impossible to tell if the voice on the record is black or white. Also, as doom-metal fans know, everything sounds meaner when you slow it down. This track, a straight-up hardcore song by punk’s least dogmatic supergroup, is no exception.
The Transplants play the Warped Tour, August 15 at Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton 800.477.6849.
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