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Replicant Rumba Rockers - A Rather Interesting Mix


Burnt Friedman remixing items from Rather Interesting Records



various artists CD

Replicant Rumba Rockers A Rather Interesting Mix is a remix project by Burnt Friedman (using an alias of sorts, the Replicant Rumba Rockers) of a bunch of aliases for Atom™ including Señor Coconut, Erik Satin, Los Samplers, Midisport, Silver Sound, Dropshadow Disease, The Roger Tubesound Ensemble, and Ondas.

I had high hopes for this disc and I hate to say it but I was pretty disappointed. It seems what makes Atom™'s projects so exciting are missing on this disc: the spontaneous gelatinous extrapolation and schism of music forms into broken shards of rhythmic glitches.

Burnt Friedman doesn't seem to add much to the mix, and if anything drains any excitement from the original tracks so the ending mix sounds like broken drum machines gone wild. Whenever anything does stick out, what was a fascinating sound in the original mix just plods into existence in this format. But mostly the tracks plod along without the annoying bits, drum machines churning, vocal samples echoing hollowly.

My favorite moments are the Erik Satin remix (track 5 Dreaming Of A Huge Reverb) because it's a little bit more mellow so the plodding rhythm fits better and the Silver Sound remix (track 14 Congo) because it feels like things are just beginning to cook 40 minutes into the disc...and then it ends. Maybe Burnt Friedman should have kept going another 40 minutes, and that mix would have been better! I'll still keep my ears peeled for both Burnt Friedman and Atom™ projects, but this disc, for the most part, is a rather dull mix.

---Patrick, April 9, 2002