Meat Beat Manifesto

Pro.File, Vol. 1: Remix Collection

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The brilliant mind of Jack Dangers has brought many incredible audio experiments to light since Meat Beat Manifesto's inception in the late '80s. This album, which is the first in a series of producer profiles done by Brooklyn Music, features Dangers' best remix work. Artists like David Byrne, Nine Inch Nails, and David Bowie get the Meat Beat treatment, along with electronica favorites like the Shamen. Dangers is as good as the material he works with, and he has some good stuff to play with on this album. Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" is perhaps the best remix, giving the original track a funky backbeat that cuts away some of Reznor's creepier tendencies. His hyperkinetic mix of "Cetch Da' Monkey" by the Atomic Babies is another great blend of samples, fast beats, and stuttered synth lines that brings to mind his early work on 99%. The Shamen's "Hyperreal" also recalls that album, although the funky big beat and creepy minor-key flourishes showcase other aspects of his talents. David Byrne's "Ava" is transformed into a beautiful, cello-driven piece that creates a lush atmosphere around the strings with muted keyboards and a Moby-esque beat. Freddy Fresh's "Party Right" becomes a creepy, futuristic disco track in Dangers' hands, while Tino's "Liquid Dub" mutates into a mixture of dissonant sounds and stuttered percussion. The rest of the album is more of the sample-happy madness that has come to define his work, with his always-present Bomb Squad influence apparent on much of the lesser tracks. This is a great introduction to the Profile series, and the selections actually do give the listener a very good idea of the typical Dangers track. Fans of Meat Beat who need to collect some of these remixes should check this out, but even curious listeners who are looking to get a sample of his work should try to give this a listen.

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