Venturing into Beat Detectives’ bizarro-verse is disorienting. Comprised of 4-track home recordings, the Minneapolis/New York-trio play outsider chopped and screwed dance hits from an imagined, weirdo urban radio station floating in the ether. Their vision can be confounding and kaleidoscopic, to be sure, crafted in a looping process of tape recording, slowing, and overdubbing. The result leaves you with a hazy club drip, newly opened third eye, and an appreciation for smooth jazz. Drawing on members of Food Pyramid and Radical Cemetery, they’ve donned this cassette Casual Encounters of the Third Kind establishing their (high) art aesthetic of “less Ibiza, more Nissan Ultima.”

Beat Detectives

Casual Encounters of the Third Kind

Format CS
Catalog Number MG55
Edition 150
Side A

1. Mahalol Keys
2. Deep Web
3. Pictures of a Picture
4. City Life
5. Sample Party Mix
6. Can U Feel it
7. No Matter How Hard I Try
8. Freak Like That
9. Mrgncy

Side B

1. New Dub
2. Hallway Tripping
3. One Speck
4. Hi-Way
5. Hurrican Techno Cheetos Mix
6. D A N C E
7. Industry Saver
8. Night Falls on Brooklyn
9. Simple Text 72 DPI (Short Mix)
10. The Weirdness
11. Intro

Music Video

“Picture of a Picture”
by Geoffrey Hamerlinck & Katie Collier

Beat Detectives

Aaron Anderson
Chris Hontos
Oakley Tapola


Aaron Anderson
Oakley Tapola
Steve Rosborough