...All this talk of Aliens and suddenly we are in the realm of Tong The Merciless,...
Christian Hopwood 2002-11-20
With their critically acclaimed debut album behind them and a string of high profile remixes for the likes of Daft Punk and Underworld having left scorch marks on dance floors world wide, Glasgow's premiere techno twosome are back with a vengeance.
Alien Radio offers up nine tracks of sweeping and twisted dance music, some of which is collaborative, with the likes of Dot Allison, James Lavelle and jazz drummer Paddy Flaherty adding their skills which are all bound together by Slam's expertise on the mixing desk. Occasionally minimal and sometimes thumping, this album is born out of a history of mash ups that took place in Chicago, Detroit, Paris as well as the UK and is the perfect showcase for the philosophies of Slam and their label, Soma.
'Positive Education' makes a welcome return although this mix doesn't surpass the original glassy, tech-funk monster that has stayed in so many record boxes since its release all those years ago. All this talk of Aliens and suddenly we are in the realm of Tong The Merciless..."Larger than Endor and more dangerous than the Deathstar!" Great stuff.