March 23, 2005

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Mashup Soundsystem, A Great Escape From Lunacy
Hive Records, 2006

Freeform electro mayhem that goes from zero to drill-press in under a second.

The promo materials included with this CD shone no light whatsoever on what exactly this is, but Hive — a Jersey label specializing in promoting modern noise conundrums ranging from Tricky-on-downers melancholia (Leaf) to droid-romance navel-gaze albums (Pneumatic Detach) decked out with jewel case inserts starring pleasant motifs of no-kiddin-around cow hearts laying in all their bletchfulness on white tables — was eager to explain. It’s a collaborative effort of producers/artists from Mash Up Records, you see, a brand name that would lead the culturally ambivalent to believe they’d be hearing things like Russell Crowe’s Gladiator lines turned into vocal tracks over “ABC” by The Jacksons, but instead it’s a buffet of experimental laptop-noise Morse codes, post-hip-hop and inescapably trance-danceable hard techno. Includes contributions from Incredibad (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Shaffer from Saturday Night Live), who tag-team with Concrete Cookie for three rounds of MC Hammer-like spazz-rap. B+

Eric W. Saeger


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