Drop the Needle: Illy B Eats Remixes and Breakbeat

Drop the Needle: Illy B Eats Remixes and Breakbeat


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Drop the Needle: Illy B Eats Remixes and Breakbeat

Whatever you think of this twin-CD release, it establishes that old ways of making music are morphing, if not disappearing altogether. It all started with Illy B Eats, a vinyl-only collection of breakbeats released by Martin in 2001 and included with Drop the Needle as a second CD. Each copy included a note that invited the buyer to lay other music on top of the rhythm bed and send it back for review. Martin received more than 100 replies from which he blended, pureed, mashed, and otherwise assembled these tracks. Each contributor had something unique to say; certainly you can hear the differences, in vision as well as competence, between Miho Hatori's amateurish, flat vocals on "Double Game" and the manic genre-jumping on Sex With Robots' treatment of "Moderndicksealand," which spins crazily from a flea-market Celtic hoedown through a mutant Mexican episode and into several directions after that. Spacefuzz turns "Out of Your Mind" into a Fripp-like acid house meditation, while Martin's bandmate, John Medeski, anchors "Sleeptalker" with old-fashioned hot blues keyboard licks. Some contributors deconstruct with imagination; others sing or jam along. Yet for all the evident variety, what surprises most is how smoothly everything flows. Removing barriers to listener input leads to a paradoxical homogeneity in the product -- a point made clear by the fact that the most distinctive cut, "Sun Flower," had the most apparent reference (a sampled John Fahey performance) and fewer elves (Martin alone) tinkering away than anything else on the album. Viral creativity, like sequential novels written a chapter at a time by sequence of authors, erodes the mark of any single individual. In this sense, Drop the Needle is, depending on your point of view, a techno-populist celebration or an elegy for dehumanized times.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/02/2002
Label: Amulet Records
UPC: 0680490100826
catalogNumber: 8

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cyro Baptista   Percussion,Voices
Jennifer Charles   Vocals
Keith Collins   Vocals
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
John Medeski   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Rivard   Bass,Sintir
Randy Roos   Guitar
Billy Martin   Percussion,Drums,Turntables,Background Vocals
DJ Wally   Sampling,MIDI Keyboards
DJ Olive   Turntables
Miho Hatori   Vocals
Calvin Weston   Vocals
Mat Maneri   Electric Viola
Chris Wood   Bass,Guitar,Track Performer
illy B   Drums,Track Performer,Percussion
Club D'Elf   Track Performer
Phaedra   Background Vocals
Gary Wicks   Upright Bass
Mister Rourke   Turntables
Rob Marscher   Clavinet,Mellotron
DJ RPM   Turntables

Technical Credits

Keith Collins   Producer
Scott Harding   Engineer
Katsuhiko Naito   Engineer
Michael Rivard   Arranger,Producer
Randy Roos   Engineer
Billy Martin   Producer,Liner Notes
illy B   Artwork
Tom Camuso   overdub engineer
Craig Welsch   Engineer
Michael Fossenkemper   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
DJ RPM   Engineer

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