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Crash Berlin
Crash Berlin
Activate Entertainment
www.crashberlin.com


When people find out that I'm a music critic, I am often asked "What kind of music do you like?" Invariably, I say "the kind that doesn't suck." Sure, it's a smart-ass, cop-out answer - but really, what else do you expect? I could say "Well, I don't like country, but I do like Johnny Cash. I don't like rap, but I howled with laughter at E-Z Duz It." I could say I like metal, but not Candlebox. I could say I hate pop -and mean it. I could take it round and round like this 'til the unfortunate inquisitor's boredom had turned to marvel.

One genre I don't often discuss is electronica. Most of it I've found to be rather ephemeral and disposable. It always seems like a "here and now" or "zeitgeist" kind of music that is quickly forgotten. The rare electronica artist will generate something with mainstream appeal that will last for awhile, and then be recompiled to be sold with the others in some late-night-infomercial compendium.

But Crash Berlin doesn't fit that mold. There is a surprising complexity here in these wildly varying tracks. Some, like "Reach Out to the Sun" have channeled the spirit of Kitaro to effectively mix Electronica with New Age in a rolling, and enlightening musical journey. "Movin the Hype Track" mixes elements of Hip-Hop into a driving trance that acts as a considerable contrast to the aforementioned "Reach Out to the Sun."

Unfortunately, a few of the tracks exhibit the tedious and repetitive nature that most DJ music inherits... but where genre music is concerned, I suppose one must assume the good with the bad.

Regardless, and in answer to the question, I like Crash Berlin. Even though it makes old ladies look at me scornfully when they realize that the balding, 30-ish man in the lane next to them is the one making their windows shudder.

-JD

Track Listing:

1. Lady Luck
2. Touch Me Where I Bleed [Crash Berlin vs. Tangent Mix]
3. Take Me With You
4. Earth People Are Basic
5. Assassination Raga
6. Reach Out to the Sun
7. Movin the Hype Track [D&S Mix]
8. Sisters of Seven [Bassnectar Mix]
9. Boy in the T.V.
10. Movin the Hype Track [Aquasky vs. Crash Berlin]
11. Sisters of Seven [Original Mix]
12. Look to the Future
13. Our Last Seance


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