Incorrigible self-mythologizer Seth Troxler keeps his image and his music consistent, mixing sexpot rhythms, technological mastery, and batshit irreverence with a wink and a smirk.
“Hurt,” Troxler’s collaboration with Matthew Dear (from Troxler’s upcoming Panic, Stop. Repeat! 12”), brings out the best in both its eccentric producers. Troxler rubs bone-dry drum machines against his and Dear’s wispy, pitch-shifted murmurings of “hurt ya” (as well as something about “Huey Lewis in the rain”), a giant tribal drum, and a moment of sparse, jazzy keys. When Troxler and Dear put their heads together, the result is dance music distilled to its humid essence.