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Boomkat Product Review:
This reissue of Urban Gamelan is an expanded digital remaster of the original 1984 album, arriving with bonus tracks that include the 12" single versions of 'Coup' and 'Language', plus dub versions. Speaking of 'Coup' - a single that featured Aswad's horn section and sampled elements from Apocalypse Now - you might notice a bit of a 'Block Rockin' Beats' thing going on in there, and over the years there has been some debate over whether or not 'Coup' has undergone some nefarious pilfering at the hands of the stadium-filling big beat duo, or whether it's merely a loving homage. Either way, it's a mighty piece of music, and one of the less abstract pieces to feature on this reissue. There's plenty of odd, off-kilter rhythmic work spread across the record, as exemplified by 'Helicopterz', which features the gamelan of the album's title.