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Artist: Jam Division Song: "Transmission"
Jam Division does dub versions of Joy Division songs. As such, their music is as slow as a chopped-and-screwed rap remix, as repetitive as a krautrock classic and as darkly foreboding as the nervously twitchy originals. Their take on "Transmission," available at MySpace in live and studio vintage, doesn't deliver the same frantic release of Ian Curtis' demand to "Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio!" But it elicits a different kind of pleasure, the sort that comes from patiently letting a trancelike groove wash over you. This unusual trio plays Cafe Bourbon Street Friday with Ginger Fetus and two French acts named Regis Victor and Sobac/Murer.