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Ad Finite
     

Ad Finite

by Genaside II
 
Genaside II released their second full-length, Ad Finite, with an American distribution contract in hand, thanks to the patronage of Tricky (who was undoubtedly inspired by the group's acid-breakbeat terrorism from way back). The album improves on 1996's somewhat stillborn New Life 4 the Hunted, with better production and more of

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Genaside II released their second full-length, Ad Finite, with an American distribution contract in hand, thanks to the patronage of Tricky (who was undoubtedly inspired by the group's acid-breakbeat terrorism from way back). The album improves on 1996's somewhat stillborn New Life 4 the Hunted, with better production and more of a focus on the music itself -- the first album carried the art of vocal collaborations a bit too far. The pair obviously didn't spend much of their time trawling for beats; even middling old-school fans will recognize just about every break used on Ad Finite, along with the sirens and effects from many a classic hip-hop record. It should be obvious, though, that what really counts is not the beats themselves, but what you do with them. Genaside II are among the best dance producers at layering their productions with interesting effects, and every break on Ad Finite you've heard before is used differently than you've ever heard it. The single "Mr. Maniac" and "50,000 Whats?" are invigorating darkside productions. The social critique inherent on Genaside II's earlier material is still being caned, from the opener -- a British female paraphrases Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" for London circa 1999 -- to tracks like "Casualties of War," "Paranoid Thugism," and "Streets of San Fran Brixton." Still more tied to the aesthetic of 1989 than 1999 (that's a good thing), Genaside II make big beat serve their own ends, and the result is a raging political record miles away from the mindless dance of Fatboy Slim.

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Release Date:
09/21/1999
Label:
Never
UPC:
0600704402829
catalogNumber:
4028

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