The Best Of: 1985-1999 / I Sing The Body Electro

It's not just the blaring siren sample on [B]Mantronix[/B]'s [B]'King Of The Beats'[/B] which [B]The Chemical Brothers[/B] co-opted for their early releases...

The Best Of: 1985-1999 / I Sing The Body Electro

It's not just the blaring siren sample on Mantronix's 'King Of The Beats' which The Chemical Brothers co-opted for their early releases - in fact, the fearsome breakbeat oomph of that track is writ large across all of their 'Exit Planet Dust' album. This collection demonstrates how much ground the US trailblazers covered in their heyday.











Thirteen years old but still state of the art, 'Who Is It?' is the kind of sharp electronic pop which New Order put a Mancunian spin on, and 1990's 'Got To Have Your Love' remains a bewitching soul classic. Give or take the odd tune to which age hasn't been so kind, there are also enough deft flashes on the many instrumental tracks to make this a must for anyone interested in scrutinising the roots of big beat.











On to Kurtis Mantronik's comeback opus, where he puts in a fair performance when aided by rapper Traylude, bringing mighty dancefloor-slaying attributes to tracks like 'Mad' and 'Push Yer Hands Up'. Elsewhere, when pile-driving through a slew of jolting drum tracks, he struggles to make himself heard above the numerous other freestyle contenders.











Ironically, with the Chemicals now pushing ahead with their own style, at times it's as if he's ripping them off. 8/10 for the old skool, 6/10 for the new.

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