Dada Life The Rules of Dada Review

QOTD: Why does a run-of-the-mill Swedish house duo claim to adopt dadaist philosophies?

I’ve been following the efforts of Olle Corneer, Stefan Engblom and co. for quite a bit now, and this is their first real cohesive effort, which in itself is admirable. The mainstream electrohouse genre is not something that usually lends itself to full album efforts, and yet here we are.

Does the album hold its own for its entirety? Of course not, but it tries. Amongst super-hits like Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker, Feed the Dada, and Rolling Stones T-Shirt, we find a full album’s worth of house which naturally gets grating. But keeping in mind that the band is not meant to be taken seriously and the fact that this is still more listenable than similar efforts from entirely too serious bands like Daft Punk, this isn’t half-bad for the genre.


And what are the rules of dada, just for the record?
* Never bring your brain to a rave.
* Doing the ‘airpiano’ on stage while looking up in the air? Never.
The ‘heart sign’ with both of your hands?
* Tickle-punch-tickle-combo. Happy Violence!
* Cheating is winning.
* If you’re stuck, there’s only one solution: go harder.
* If you only need one word to describe a song in the studio…then it’s done!
* No bananas on the rider? Then we do our two hour deep/tech house set. Everything under 118 BPM.
* PLUR = Potassium Lust Unity Rage
* Arriving beautiful – leaving ugly.
* Beautiful music = boring music. At least today.
* Never BBQ before a gig.
* If you don’t want to get wet, you don’t want to have fun.
* Bass don’t cry.
* Changing underwear at the club is cheating. Even for the members of Dada Life.
* Never bring your brain into the club.
* Art should be loud as fuck.


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