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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Industrial music, as it emerged in the 1980s, has very often carried with it an unpleasant whiff of fascism: jackboot beats, faintly German accents (often affected), Wagnerian choral snippets, sometimes explicitly Nazi-derived stage costumes. Ben Watkins, recording with a shifting cast of collaborators as Juno Reactor, has generally skirted these tendencies, in part by working with a broad stylistic palette that includes elements of trip-hop, world music, and trance; in fact, although his releases are often found in the "Industrial" bin, his music has always fit that category rather poorly. The remix artists invited to provide new interpretations of Juno Reactor tracks ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Industrial music, as it emerged in the 1980s, has very often carried with it an unpleasant whiff of fascism: jackboot beats, faintly German accents (often affected), Wagnerian choral snippets, sometimes explicitly Nazi-derived stage costumes. Ben Watkins, recording with a shifting cast of collaborators as Juno Reactor, has generally skirted these tendencies, in part by working with a broad stylistic palette that includes elements of trip-hop, world music, and trance; in fact, although his releases are often found in the "Industrial" bin, his music has always fit that category rather poorly. The remix artists invited to provide new interpretations of Juno Reactor tracks for this collection reflect Watkins' catholicity of taste: there are mixes by MIDIval PunditZ, Perfect Stranger, Bombay Dub Orchestra, and Uber Tmar, among others, and although the rhythms do tend to coalesce around a certain jackboot-house theme (and there are occasional appearances by a rather Teutonic-sounding choir), there's quite a bit of rhythmic and textural variety. Highlights include Bombay Dub Orchestra's Middle Eastern-funk-reggae take on "Pistolero," Thomas P. Karni's hard and spare treatment of "Zwara," and the cool but jittery MIDIval PunditZ mix of "Navras." Less interesting are Dino Psaras' blocky and predictable mix on "Guardian Angel" and Perfect Stranger's tedious industrial-house take on "Rotorblade." This collection will be welcomed by established fans, but may not be the best introduction to Juno Reactor for newcomers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2011
  • Label: Metropolis Records
  • UPC: 782388072724
  • Catalog Number: 727
  • Sales rank: 60,569

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Navras - MIDIval PunditZ (6:26)
  2. 2 Conga Fury - Ace Ventura (8:43)
  3. 3 Rotorblade - Perfect Stranger (9:22)
  4. 4 Mona Lisa Overdrive - Thomas P. Heckmann (6:20)
  5. 5 Zwara - Thomas P. Karni (4:56)
  6. 6 Pistolero - Bombay Dub Orchestra (6:14)
  7. 7 Hotaka - Ubar Tmar (5:57)
  8. 8 Children of the Night - Soundvandal (6:44)
  9. 9 The Heavens (6:57)
  10. 10 Guardian Angel - Dino Psaras (6:00)
  11. 11 Navras - Jayant (7:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Juno Reactor Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Steve Stevens Composer
Chris Lewis Mastering
Ben Watkins Composer
Stephane Holweck Composer
Johann Bley Composer
Mabi Thobejane Composer
Mike Maguire Composer
Jens Walderbeck Composer
Susan Hendricks Composer
Nadya Artwork
Squalis Cover Design, Layout
Don Davis Composer
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