Psyreviews: Machine head

Phantasm (UK)

Machine head
Phantasm (UK) (damion)

This may well be a first: compiled by father (John Phantasm) and son
(Junya, aka Eskimo) this collection marks Phantasm's return with a
satisfying thunk, and it's largely with an Eskimo-tinged thunk that this
album survives its three meals a day. Kicking off with Eskimo's Show Me
The Money, a stocatto take on his usual sound which deprives it of any
fullon rolling chunder. Black & White's Flipper is effective, escalating
popcorn stuff, and post-breakdown it launches into a hell of a stompfest,
without quite sending everyone through the roof. Z Machine's Drinking
Dreams is a very nice bit of proggy morning fullon, while the Groovy
People remix of Mindfield vs. Dickster's Slideis a very nifty little
number. Good melodies, danceable riffs, wicked production and a sample
that has yours truly grinning like he'd just run over a kitten. Jumanji's
In Da Jungle is possibly the largest tune on offer here, and yes it's been
done before (if I hear that said once more I swear I'll curl o
ne out
right in the middle of the dancefloor)… while it may be formulaic, you
can't knock this tune's ability to shake a dance floor and my guess is,
that's what it's designed to do. Eskimo vs. DJ Vlado's Jinja Ninja ambles
a bit on the way up, but once it's there it rocks… plenty of melodies
giving way to one another, and the energy is unquestionable. Up next is
Eskimo's Party Pooper, a hitherto-unreleased tune that every c**t knows
backwards, largely owing to someone's (possibly Junya's) complete
inability (possibly deliberate) to keep am "unreleased" tune unreleased.
The last time I saw two w*nkers thinking the cops were really there was at
Bliss in Melbourne in April. Even though it was an indoor party (so
unlikely to be busted by the cops) and even though they were in Australia
(hence the London accent over the PA), the daft tossers almost dropped
their drugs and glowsticks in horror. Yes they were wearing baseball caps,
by the way. Dynamic's Virus Infection is busy and franti
c, with
loads of tasty noises everywhere, and Gundam's final track The Strike is
a nice, floaty morning tune that has a great contrast between the melodies
and the driving bass underneath. All in all, this is a nice collection
with some good moments, which has all but ensured its place in many DJ's
boxes this summer. It won't be caned from here to 2012, but for the
meantime, it's nice and easily-digestible fullon, ideal with chilled white
wine and a spliff.