After 10 years, Soulwax has re-released its 2008 documentary Part of the Weekend Never Dies for the first time in HD and for free on YouTube. The rockumentary follows the dance music pioneers on what seems to be a never-ending excursion, where they catch the development of a scene by 2005-2007 — a alchemist’s golden era of music. The movie catches Soulwax and their confidants bulge and jam literally all over the world from Japan to Scandinavia, Europe to Australia, Brazil to the States, leaving spun minds and great times in their aftermath.
Like all excellent rockumentaries, Part of the Weekend Never Dies is honest and unflinching in its demonstration of the group. Through one single camera, they catch Soulwax evoking discharge in people via an unprecedented combination of dance and rock songs. This human discharge isn’t necessarily pretty, but it is always honest. The amount of comedy and chaos presented within this movie is something worth watching as well as more difficult to remove.
Part of the Weekend Never Dies features clarifying and fascinating interviews via an eclectic group of prominent people and friends of the group. Tiga, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Nancy Whang, Klaxons, peaches, along with Justice all talk to the ridiculous energy, wanted remixes, and innovation Soulwax/2ManyDJs gave to the scene. It’s evident from the footage that these guys are rightfully godfathers of the dance scene. Through their live drum beats, musical innovation, and capacity to keep going, Soulwax set the stage for the way large dance songs could turn into, which is probably the reason they were impossible to follow. Their continued commercial success is also a testament to this.
Photo credit: BBC
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