Is Paris Hilton’s 'Drunk Text' the minimal techno classic of our generation?
Fri 24th Feb, 2012 News 6944 viewsin
For everyone who sneered about Paris Hilton’s reinvention as the “queen of house music”, prepare to eat your words and wash them down with a Cosmopolitan. Overnight, Hilton released the video for Drunk Text, which sees her teaming up with Colorado-based duo The Manufactured Superstars for a refined, bleeding-edge club weapon. With The Manufactured Superstars laying down a not-at-all-by-numbers bassline and powerful kicks built for Berlin’s Berghain, Hilton presents something of a sequel to Ambivalent’s R U OK released on Minus in 2007, riffing on the strange and enlightening experiences familiar to after-hours dancers the world over.
Hilton’s genius as a lyricist is foregrounded by the spoken-word form, with lines like “he wants me to bring more girls up like some kind of pimp” and “I’m too lazy to type so I send a photo I took up a dancer’s skirt” worthy of mention in the same breath as the Beat Generation. One is also reminded of Peace Division’s Club Therapy, another underground club record that attempted to distill the true mission of dance music in spoken word. Hilton’s take, however, is somehow more affecting, making for three minutes and 50 seconds of techno precision that will burrow its way into your psyche for days. We’re sure you’ll agree.