To Be A Freak - Armand Van Helden - Ghettoblaster
Label: Liberator Music - LIB17CDX • Format: CD Album CD Limited Edition • Country: Australia • Genre: Electronic • Style: House, Electro, Hip Hop
The title Ghettoblaster says Too Low For Zero - Elton John - Too Low For Zero all, and with it Armand Van Helden blasts back through the club scene's past, across a dozen freestyling tracks. Retro is the key theme here, even the song titles evoke yesteryear -- "A Track Called Jack," "Je T'aime," "To Be a Freak," as Van Helden not only resurrects the sounds of the past, but deliriously mashes them together.
As exuberantly old-school as that is, "Touch Your Toes" has it beat, a hip-hop, scratch-laden anthem driven by a bassline even fatter than Fat Joewho with B1 gets the exercise class rocking. Both of those are originals. Back in the Big Apple, music flows from every neighborhood, creating a stew of sounds all its own, and "NYC Beat" captures the nitty-gritty feel of the city, powered by a lethal bassline, shout-along Ramones style vocal samples, and a rocking new wave infected melody line.
That quartet of songs supply the blueprint for the rest of the set, as Van Helden careens between new wave, early house, funk, and soul, occasionally sprinkling the set with a carnival feel courtesy of the cowbells. The cut and paste "This Ain't Hollywood" is sure to impress, the kaleidoscope styled "Still in Love" equally so, while "Je T'aime"'s down and dirty rhythm and fat, funky bassline will have the whole house shaking. However, in places Ghettoblaster suffers from the same problems that bedeviled the extended remixes that proliferated in the new wave scene: what sounded great for three minutes became interminable after four.
High scores for accuracy then, but a few points docked for lack of imagination. Overall, however, this is an extremely clever, fun-infested set, with Van Helden effortlessly evoking specific styles and songs with To Be A Freak - Armand Van Helden - Ghettoblaster single note or beat. Old-school fans will have a field day, while the younger generations should find this trip down memory lane just as entertaining.
Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date April 24, Genre Electronic. Track Listing. Go Crazy! Armand Van Helden. Touch Your Toes. I Want Your Soul. Playing House. This Ain't Hollywood. Still in Love. Je T'Aime. To Be a Freak. All Nite. A Track Called Jack. Armand Van Helden feat: Majida. Spotify Amazon. Armand (Prof.) Terrell Jones - Changin Times Helden feat: B.
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