Boomkat Product Review:
Mr Funk continues his world decimation with this essentialist (mentalist) assault on our senses. His past history of releasing uncompromising and futuristic as well as HARD music makes this one highly anticipated album. Opening with a humourous and superb mash up of the theme to Coronation Street (yes!) in the form of 'Abomination Street'. This isn't in the usual 5 minute cut and paste business, Snares puts a lot of work in to make the samples not so obvious and utilizes the strings perfectly over rampant cut up jazz drums, with a dash of hip hop vocals, and a touch of reggae delay he crafts a brilliant drum and bass number from an extremely sh*t tv show, awesome. All the tracks have source inspirations and the samples are the clue, if you can recognise them, 'Langslide' is one of the most frantic of the 10 tracks, extremely fast cuts and samples are thrown together in a maelstrom of noises to create a digital rhythm of insane proportions, sub bass, dark spooky synths and distorted timestretched drums crash into voice samples that have been put through the Snares mangler, brilliant, tight and headwrecking stuff. Now for a Venetian Snares feelgood track, the jaunty jungle of 'Einstein-Rosen Bridge' with its horn stabs and guitar slices backed with umpaloompa vocals talking about time and space (google up 'Einstein-Rosen Bridge' and you'll see) trots along at breakneck speed, but retains an air of childish fun due to the vocals and crazy synth noises taken straight from Sesame street - brilliant fun. Next, the track of the album explodes across the speakers, RUDEBWOY style, 'Hand Throw' is THE ragga jungle anthem for 2003, completely Snared up and dissected all over the place, gabba beats clash against ruff Amen breaks while ragga vocals chug along at light speed and Mr Funk rips the track to its tiny pieces and re-constructs it into something completely different for the latter half with the fastest kick rolls ever, truly unbelievable. Then there's the reggae spliced 'Ghetto Body Buddy' and 'Herbie Goes Ballistic', more highlights from an album that will take a few listens to love, but only one to decide it's yet another unmissable joint from Venetian Snares. Killa!