|Tuesday, September 7, 1999||
Volume 65, Issue 11
Concert Review: Clay Walker
American soil with debut non-import CD, The Antidote
Touché (The Wiseguys)
15 tracks, 74 mins.
By Keenan Singleton
"The British are coming! The British are coming!"
Those words were first uttered during the Revolutionary War, and again during the '60s with the invasion of the Beatles. Now, before the turn of the century, it's about to happen again.
With the innovations from bands such as Oasis, Jamiroquai, the DJ, Fatboy Slim and now with The Wiseguys (Touché), the cry is needed more than ever.
Touché (The Wiseguys), a brillient DJ from Britain, releases the Antidote, featuring jeep-bumpin' beats and excellently-sampled hooks that should catch on in America soon.
Chris Clunn/Ideal Records
Touché introduces himself to America (his first album in non-import form) with The Antidote, and like any talented DJ, he is capable of encompassing all genres of music into one track.
Already having conquered Britain with the mesmerizing hook and beat of the debut single "Ooh La La," Ideal Records felt it was time to pump the disc jockey into mainstream America's ears.
"Ooh La La," which you might remember from the Big Daddy soundtrack, captures the mind with bass-heavy beats and a feel-good hook that will soon be blasting through cars across America.
"We be the Crew ... " samples the laid-back jazzy beat and lush instrumental orchestrations of the now defunct A Tribe Called Quest's "Motivators." It also mimics the female computer tour guide from The Midnight Marauders.
So we know that he can sample hip/hop, rock and jazz, but where are the ancient tribal chants? Try "Cowboy '78." It also has the famous classic spaghetti western sound from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.
"Start the Commotion" is a stereotypical up-tempo dance track that will make you want to get jiggy.
A track that actually might terrify you is "Face the Flames," which features a screeching symphony throughout the song.
"Who the hell?," a melody played on xylophone, is one of the few tracks that can be classified as a rap song.
Touché saves the best for last with "The Bounce." It has the Miami dance/rap flavor that Luke Campbell made famous.
Watch out. Touché has made a thoroughly solid album based on
his deft mixes and clever samples, and is about to make the phrase "The
British are coming," true again.
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