Boomkat Product Review:
When Baron Zen's 'At the Mall' was re-issued by Stones Throw a while ago many were surprised to find out exactly what Stones Throw founder and curator Chris Manak (aka Peanut Butter Wolf) had been up to when he was at university. Far from the hip hop/electro onslaught you would expect, Baron Zen (a collaboration between Manak and his friend Steve Sweet) was a political onslaught of post-punk, disco and pop with covers of Joy Division and Katrina and the Waves just to prove it. It was clearly a shock to many backpacking PBW fans, but after a bit of thought it kinda made a lot of sense, proving in many ways that Stones Throw is simply a good record label, genre be damned. This time around we get the remix album, and we've got stellar reworks from Madlib, J.Rocc, Danny Breaks and James Pants, with standouts coming from electro God the Arabian Prince and producer Tekblazer (who produced tracks on the original album). Many of you will be surprised by the electro leaning on this compilation, with most of the tracks sounding like they could have been belched from the early-mid 1980s, and that's no bad thing in my opinion. Good stuff.