:: Thursday, June 01, 2006
THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING
hiya kids! here I am back once again with another bunch of shiny new CD reviews.. this time bringing you a selection fresh from the psychedelic fringes of the ELECTRONICA scene.. so, dive on in, fuck y'self up with happy pills and tweak on out to this shit.. boiiiiing!
HYPER - WE CONTROL
in brief: slick pimp electrobreakin'
rating: 2 / 5
this CD represents a brand new rough n tumble electronica breaks collective formed between GUY HATFIELD (aka: DJ HYPER, some no-name UK producer I guess?) and a bunch of former ring-in's from THE PRODIGY - including live drummer KEIRON PEPPER and live guitarist JIM DAVIES (also from PITCHSHIFTER) but also more notably, PRODIGY's infamous former 4th member and lankyman stoner dancer, LEEROY THORNHILL on vocals.. and together they've produced this, a no-nonsense slamming album of slicker than slick electro-breakin' dancefloor fillers..
this stuff is exceptionally clean in production.. featuring song after song of slick pimping breaks, smooth grinding bass, bubbling synths, asteroid bleeping 8bit acid lines and catchy vocal hooks and sung lyrics that although totally inconsequential in content never fail to sound all pimp cruising when they're blaring out've your bass speakers.. and sure, this does make for a really pumping album of funky tracks that'll really rock your car stereo out on a SATURDAY NIGHT on a slow cruise down HINDLEY ST.. it's just that it's still missing the ONE crucial ingredient to make it worthwhile in the long run, the one thing to make it memorable.. an ACTUAL freaking personality.. coz in effort to make this rock big in the clubs they've effectively smoothed over all the edges, attitude and originality leaving you with nothing but an ear pleasing but homogenous mush.. it's just like a cookie cutter clone of THE CRYSTAL METHOD, GROOVE ARMADA, FREESTYLERS, PENDULUM and FLUKE but with all the soul taken out've it..
for as much as this album has the potential to rock with songs like "WE CONTROL" or "MORNING", it's let down by (a) a totally arseraping cover of ADAM AND THE ANT's "ANT MUSIC" that totally sucks the life out've the original, (b) "NEVER STOP" a song so crassly TOP40 commercial it sounds like it was ghost written by the ROGUE TRADERS, (c) a whole host of mindless cookie cutter filler tracks that you forget the second they're done with..
my best advice is to treat this album like a meal at MICKY D's - it's ok if you just have it once in a while, but if you try living on it for 30 days straight it may just kill you with boredom..
highlights: WE CONTROL, MORNING
FUTURE FUNK SQUAD - AUDIO DAMAGE
in brief: impossibly slick mechanoid funk
rating: 4 / 5
again we have a very slickly produced, heavily engineered, smooth as fuck breakbeat electro album.. but although it covers very similar territory to HYPER it does so packed with so much fuckoff attitude and righteous edge that it damn near leaves it's contemporary twitching in the dust and then picks a fight with you for good measure if you just but look at it's high class girlfriend the wrong way..
everything about this album screams uber serious and badass.. everything from the adrenaline speed UK club MC rapping with knife edge ninja accuracy, to the robot precision filtered breaks, the impossibly slick mechanoid grooves, precision triggered synths, diva smooth 007 style female vocals and the cinematic flourishes of violins and twinkling pianos that make it sound like a million bucks and so damn impossibly sophisticated and smooth.. in fact it's so damn slick it almost feels too good for the likes of us poor peasants to be even allowed in it's austere presence.. like in listening to this we've somehow snuck into an uber expensive nightclub that only lets in A-LIST celebrities, royalty and supermodels and any minute now we'll be found out, beaten with an inch of our lives and tossed onto the curb with the other poor trash shivvering in the snow..
it may not be most ideal hedonistic album for pure dribbling pill-muncher dancefloor excess and it can often come across as exceptionally cold, aloof and richly humourless.. but still, how could you refuse an album that sounds so damn more superior and refined compared to the rest of those snuffling poo hurling electro chimps out there.. for as they say "once you've gone first class you can never go back"
highlights: AUDIO DAMAGE, DEEP INSIDE, VIEW TO ME, SORCERARY
SOULWAX - NITE VERSIONS
in brief: soulwax album 12" remix
rating: 2 / 5
aaaaah.. here we go again with another remix album huh? lets go and ruin a perfectly good album by hiring a rag-tag bunch of talentless no name laptop geeks to butcher all fun out've our favourite songs and then stitch the whole thing together into a horrid frankenstein mess and cash in big on all the impressionable idiots stupid enough to buy it.. oh yeah.. that's REALLY gonna work isn't it? seriously.. why the FUCK do we want ANOTHER fucken no talent remix album? why do we wanna live through another disappointment like that huh? you tell me SPOZ.. WHY DO WE NEED THIS CRAP!? CAN'T WE JUST LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE!?
well.. unlike most remix albums which have been haphazardly stitched together from a bunch of no talent DJ's.. this album has been specially remixed by the original artists themselves into the one cohesive 50 minute banging "after hours" DJ set.. which when you consider SOULWAX's pedigree for the remix (they also double as 2MANYDJ's, the master of the MASHUP) gives this the potential for making one helluva unified freakycool remix album.. problem is now tho', when you unify a bunch of songs that were seperately cool into the one mix, it's more than likely your just gonna get something that sounds like one homogenous chugging monochrome dirge.. kinda like mixing all the colours of the rainbow together and getting nothing but poo brown.. and that's exactly the problem faced by this album..
I mean sure.. don't get me wrong, this ain't all poo brown.. there are some damn cool highlights to be found here.. but for the most part, everything kinda gets lost into the background noise of stabbing monotone electro, chunky textures, distorted kicks, and echoing refrains.. perhaps this'd be a great album at 2AM banging out've the club speakers when I'm twatting off me skull.. but as a home stereo listening experience it really loses a LOT of the appeal of the original album..
still if you're patient and take some time with it, you'll be rewarded with some really cool moments here.. the remix of "E TALKING" is especially cool, the final 2 songs "NY LIPPS" and "ANOTHER EXCUSE" makes for one helluva trippyarse finale and you may find all sorts of nifty MASHUP surprise samples that sneak into the mix.. but yeah.. overall, this album is really only worthwhile if yer already a fan of SOULWAX.. otherwise, download the songs below and give the rest a miss..
highlights: E TALKING, NY LIPPS, ANOTHER EXCUSE
phew.. well, that's another week of reviews done..
next week stay tuned for more crazy discoveries in the wide wacky world of music..
comments? complaints? questions?
:: Spoz 11:56 PM |