Soundsystem is a genre defying collective of electronic noisecore activists
from Southern California. After releasing several 12" singles in
the UK they release their debut full-length album for US label Hive Records.
Having worked with acts such as Doormouse and Duranduranduran, Mashup
Soundsystem call on services of Concrete Cookie, The Maggot Farmer, Incredibad,
The Dog, Jism, Depth Error and Retrigger to lend a hand with their debut.
Uncompromising from the start, Mashup Soundsystem hit with a barrage of
high octane beats from the outset and keep up the onslaught at a relentless
pace. Slipping in selected samples as required, their music is indefinable.
Bringing in elements of breakcore, noise, hard techno and hip-hop (amongst
others) their music doesn't fit into one specific genre but draws from
several others. From time to time things do slow down a little, like on
the slow bassy grind of 'Pablo Steals', but it isn't long before
they wind the beat back up to breakneck speeds. Nothing is sacred where
these guys are concerned, samples are twisted and manipulated, electronics
fractured and deconstructed with a BPM level that can be off the scale
it is so intense and fast paced. They aren‚t without their fair
share of humour too, albeit in an equally subversive and twisted manner.
Which, quite honestly, can only be a good thing right? Another slightly
slower interlude comes in the form of 'Mete Bronca No couro do Cabrito'
which is basically a Latin glitch deconstruction followed by the hip-hop
bastardisation of 'Everybody Dance!'. Then we have the breakcore
madness of 'Please Reflect!' and the grinding drone and then
cinematic tension of 'Mikolaj'. It's almost impossible to know
what these guys are going to do next; such is the diversity of the music
from track to track. Take 'Northern Lights' for example; a smooth
electronic track with rapid fire beats and an assortment of TV samples
including Homer Simpson. Then there is the totally addictive 'Cocaine'
(pun intended) which is a hip-hop track with joyous breaks which is followed
by the destroyed hip-hop of 'The Fast Lane'.
"A Great Escape from Lunacy" is insane, humorous and diverse.
The sometimes relentless onslaught of breaks may be too much for some
but for those that stick with it this album is a rewarding listen. Worth
listening to for the crazy but brilliant 'Cocaine' alone.