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Prodigy Presents: The Dirtchamber Sessions

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Prodigy Presents
The Dirtchamber Sessions

The Dirtchamber Sessions, the solo DJ exercise of The Prodigy’s musical nucleus, Liam Howlett, can be summed up in one word: unequal.

The majority of the tracks are more or less close fitting , which renders this cocktail successful at times and indigestible at others.

So the first piece revs up with Smack my bitch up, but ends with the disastrous slimy funk spiced with the unbearable "Studio line L’Oreal"!! jingle. On the other hand, the second piece is one of the hits of the album with its homogenous mix of fat bass, Charlatans (in fashion with among techno geeks), Bomb the Bass, Poison by Prodigy & Been Caught Stealing by Jane's Addiction. Afterwards it’s an uneven set with an incompatible Spanish guitar and a good idea of mixing rap with the "For a few dollars more" theme by Ennio Morricone. Then comes the best part of the cd, a clever blend of drum & bass from KLF, Meat Beat Manifesto, Propellerheads & Beastie Boys. The track after is not at all interesting and consists of the first part of New Work by the Sex Pistols and then moves on to Punk to funk from the unavoidable Fatboy Slim. A pretty useless passage in effect since it was just to show us how much he likes and owes to the Sex Pistols, which Breathe & Fuel my fire from "The fat of the land" already proved. Finally the 6th track, sticking the Beastie Boys & Public Enemy on Kowalski by Primal Scream sounds more than good. In the end I’ll just say that the last two pieces aren’t worth my time what with their "Best of Da Funk" style.

I can only advise you to go to Blockbuster Music, make them open the cd, listen to the 3 interesting pieces, and then tell them you don’t want it.

  Fred Thom

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