Meat Beat Manifesto / Various Artists
"Storm The Studio R.M.X.S." CD
Genres: electronica, experimental
Tino Corp. Records
PO Box 225036
San Francisco CA
Dec 8 - 14 2003
always complaining that remix albums are drags. They're
disjointed, uninteresting, and ultimately forgettable. I'd be
inclined to disagree, for the sheer fact that I love being contrary,
but I do find that most of the remix albums I've reviewed have
gradually made their way to the dusty nether regions in the back of my
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To say that this album, a remix disc of tracks from Meat Beat
Manifesto's Storm The Studio EP, flows perfectly would be
an outright lie. While there are similarities between these
tracks, it is quite obvious that they weren't all assembled by the
same person. Such is always the case with remix albums, it seems.
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But then again, despite its disjointedness, Storm the Studio
R.M.X.S. is a remarkably enjoyable disc. Certain tracks
stand out more than others, it's true - but that's what a remix album
is supposed to be. A flat out competition between the remixers
to see who is the penultimate champion DJ.
Highlight number one comes courtesy of DJ Spooky That Subliminal
Kid, who farts out a five minute plus mix of "Shadow &
Substance." Bang. Not a second of that is wasted; Spooky
brings on the funky techno like no other. It's danceable, it's
monumental - it could be the album's best (what else to expect??) -
think Fatboy Slim crossed with Primal Scream and a
little bit of Meat Beat Manifesto himself.
But Spooky's got rivals. Norscq's "Lok-Lak
Mix" of "God O.D. - Part 1" is a monumental,
Asian-tinged organic / electronic combination. It's equally
effective in headphones as it is on the dancefloor. And we
mustn't miss Eight Frozen Modules' wiry mix of "God O.D."
or the funky "Storm The Dub Mix" courtesy if the Twilight
Circus Dub Sound System, nor can we ignore Merzbow's noisy
rehashing of "God O.D. - Parts 2" or High Priest -
Antipop Consortium's crashing "STS 2006."
Competition is fierce between the remixers on this disc, mainly
because so much of it is really, really good. There are
highlights aplenty, and few duds to boot. Storm
the Studio R.M.X.S could be that one remix album you actually
listen to more than once.
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[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]