Disc one: 1/ 33 (Laswell,Showard) 4.36 Bill Laswell with DXT 2/ The Angry Lone Nut (Babu) 3.31 Babu 3/ In There (Harris) 4.54 Scorn 4/ Cab 111 (Showard) 4.20 DXT 5/ Black Loop (Bernocchi) 6.44 SIMM 6/ World of Destruction (Spectre,Israel) 6.42 (Seals of Meggido Mix) Spectre meets Dr. Israel 7/ Trawl, Disappearance (Rimbaud) 4.22 (Wireless Rupture Mix) Scanner 8/ I Wanna Be Like Ike (Fullcone) 5.31 Fullcone 9/ Dustbuster (McGraw) 2.25 The Shining Path 10/ L'Insifne Des Pires (APC) 4.56 APC 11/ Sepolta (Fullcone,Buckethead) 4.56 Fullcone with Buckethead 12/ Hip Hop Pooray 19-Poo-96 (Ohtake,Eye) 8.56 Shinro Ohrtake/Eye Disc two: 1/ Explicit Sound (We) 6.09 We (Olive, L Loop, Once II) 2/ Beaver Clause (Disk) 5.14 Disk 3/ Metal Beat II (Showard) 5.23 DXT 4/ Atoms To Suns (For Russell Mills) (Laswell,Mills) 7.48 Bill Laswell 5/ Twirling (Scharin) 7.32 HIM 6/ The Perfect Shadow (Bernocchi) 5.52 SIMM 7/ Advice From God On Getting a Face (Martine) 2.25 Corporal Blossom 8/ Rockin' It (Torture) 4.45 Torture 9/ Metatron Dub (Live) (Praxis) 6.19 Praxis with DJ Disk and Mix Master Mike 10/ Peanut (Fullcone) 2.43 Fullcone 11/ Phonoprophic (Electric Soul) 5.01 Electric Soul 12/ The Letter Be... (Buckethead) 4.07 Buckethead 13/ Ananvoice (Junexxon S.) 2.34 Junexxon S. Compiled at Greenpoint Studio, Brooklyn, New York Each track produced and played on by it's respective writer, except as noted Disc one, track 1 produced by Bill Laswell Disc one, track 7, additional production and mix translation by Bill Laswell Disc two, track 8 reduced and jinxed by Torture and The ILL St. Disc two, track 12 produced by Steve 'Voltron' Freeman Conceived and constructed by Bill Laswell and Robert Soares Executive Producer: Norman IsaacsDisc two :
1997 - Ion (USA), IN 2002-2 (2CD)
Yet another Bill Laswell influenced disc, (he appears on a couple tracks, too), this one calls to mind a more diversified version of the Altered Beats comp that came out a year or two ago. One reason, many of the artists on there appear on here, such as Laswell, DXT, and others, too. One difference is a more dub foundation on the tracks, rather than the scratching present on Altered Beats. A total of 25 tracks, all consistently good. The Laswell/DXT collaboration, "33" is a really great hip-hop beat/piano sample/ambient sound type thing. Scorn's contribution "In There" fits right in with the Leave it Out 12" (both in prepositional title and odd samples-turned-into-rhythm thing). SIMM's contributions ("Black Loop" and "The Perfect Shadow") are both dark, bass heavy, minimal dub tracks (the stuff off of Welcome is better, though). Another of track of note is Fullcone's "I Wanna be like Ike", just cause the title pissed me off....it's talking about the president, not Ike Turner, the ass-out king of the ass-beaters. [...] Back to the review...I wonder about the hyper abstract "Hip-Hop Pooray 19-Poo-96"...it's credited to Shinro Ohtake/EYE...Eye...is that in Boredoms' vocalist Yamatanka Eye? The cover to the disc does look a hell of a lot like his Dirty Rotten Graphucks company's stuff. Laswell's solo contribution "Atoms to Suns" takes the beat straight off of his "White Lies" track, and his Silent Recoil disc. Torture's "Rockin' It" is notable for it actually being a straight forward rap track. Overall, a good comp. with many quality tracks, just let it flow (why wasn't Prince Paul on here, though?, and how come the RZA is never on these things?).
Overall - 5/5
Creaig Dunton (courtesy of the False Prophet Campaign website)
If you're interested in the whole merged Dub/Hip-Hop/Illbient scene, this compilation should hit all the right spots. As usual, Mr. Laswell overdoes himself with his low-bass production value, and the accompanying cast of thousands provide excellent diversion from it. A little D&B, a little noise, something to satisfy most any beat-junkie's palette. The buyer will be mighty thankful for the contributions of Torture and that Spectre/Israel duo. The packaging is bright and (deceptively) cheerful, but it's rather lacking in text... ie. the words "Valis II". Thus, I have no idea if your local store will know what/where it is even if they have it.
Dan Foley (courtesy of the Ambience For the Masses website)