Bong-Ra / Sickboy

Shotgun Wedding, Vol. 5

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The fifth installment of Violent Turd's challenging Shotgun Wedding mix series brings together ragga jungle producer Bong-Ra in a head-to-head throw down against Belgian breakcore artist Sickboy. For the most part, Bong-Ra delivers a predictable, 44-minute exercise -- skittering breaks that alternate between frantic and melodic with bits of song samples and reggae MCs thrown in for good measure. It's nothing groundbreaking or all that exciting, but fans of Bong-Ra will certainly enjoy it. But it's Sickboy's 30-minute mash-up of breakbeats, electro, IDM, and rap (a cappellas galore!) in a crazy mix filled with aggressive, unexpected twists and turns all over the place that energize as much as they exhaust. It's very much in the vein of label owner/not label owner Kid606's limited run of mix CDs. Sickboy's contribution is easily one of the best in a series that is filled with highlights.

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