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  DRIVING THE TWO-DIMENSIONAL HIGHWAY
    by KRUSHED OPIATES
  Posted: 05.04.2003
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   Your Rating:?Avg:4.5:  Ratings:2:  High:6:  Low:3:  Member Reviews:1View
TRACK LISTING

1. American Blonde
2. Boom
3. Casey
4. Master Beat (Mojo Rising Remix)
5. Boom's Half-Brother
6. Beggin' (Full Remix)
7. Flintstone's Chewable Morphine
8. Destiny (I Did Nothing Mix)
9. Shutdown (Cessation Mix)
10. Like It's Nothing
11. Monster
12. Ripped
13. Go

  LABEL:  DSBP
  RELEASED:  2002

KRUSHED OPIATES

DRIVING THE TWO-DIMENSIONAL HIGHWAY

If I were heavily into pop culture I'd probably liken this to Fat Boy Slim's nasty bastard brother but I'm not so I won't (much). Actually it would be easy (if a little lazy) to describe the album as such, especially as tracks such as the wonderfully titled "Flintstone's Chewable Morphine" or the spooky "Monster" see this American band taking the bigbeat sound, including some of the funkiest rhythms you could ever imagine before distorting it & mixing it up with numerous samples, breaks & scorching guitar samples. It goes without saying, of course that this band show more inventiveness in their little fingers than most other practitioners of such styles could ever dream of, often with darker overtones, such as "Boom" where the feverish voice samples offer a tanalising glimpse of (drug induced?) paranoia over an insistent techno/rock backing where the voices come at you like a nightmarish kaleidoscope or the testosterone-charged "American Blonde" with it's orgasmic female groans that sounds like they've been watching too much "Baywatch"!! "Casey" is quite amusing as the mobile phone that accompanies the funky piano intro is bound to have you reaching for yours if heard over headphones, it certainly did me & I don't even own one!! This pacey piece benefits from the rave & new-wave guitar samples that are mixed to perfection taking parts of both styles & ending up somewhere between the two.

The voice samples from Praga Khan's "Injected With A Poison" crop up in several places & you can also have fun trying to work out where the samples came from & if any of them were nicked from Kraftwerk (something most bands usually do!). I didn't detect any although I think I heard Jennifer Anniston on "LIke It's Nothing", couldn't swear to it, though!

Best tracks by a long way are the infectiously dancey trio of "Boom's Big Brother", "Master Beat (Mojo Rising Remix) & "Beggin (Full Remix)" which has it's sleazy side very much to the fore but, like the album as a whole is so infectious you'll wonder how you ever managed without it!!


RATING: 8

Artist Link:  http://www.dsbp.cx
 

  Written By:  

 Carl Jenkinson

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RATING: 3

sorry, br0, canít agree on this one. i checked out some of the tracks on their labelís site. it only has a few snippets of whatís supposed to be the best songs, im sure, those i found to be very dull. i had heard some of their stuff before and wasnít impressed, i hoped they had evolved a little but again find myself quite disappointed. the programming and progressions seem all very half-assed to me. im glad that the snippet of "Americn Blonde" on the website did not include these female groans you speak of as porn samples in this type of music are very passe - face it folks, porn isnt dark and underground, itís suburban middle-America. and itís kinda sad that the coolest song title was just ripped from a Simpsonís episode...

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