Before Electronica acts such as Dirty Vegas and the Wiseguys invaded U.S. airwaves, there was the Crystal Method. And just like these groups, the Crystal Method reached massive audiences after having been featured on a whole variety of TV commercials, from GAP to Skechers to 'The Matrix'. Where is it that you don't hear these guys at a trendy shoe store or in the background of a high-budget movie nowadays?
Since their 1997 debut, 'Vegas', Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, also known as the Crystal Method, have reached an enormous amount of success. 'Vegas' became a top-selling Electronica album, and the guys have remixed everyone from DJ Keoki to rock acts P.O.D. and Rage against the Machine. On top of that, Crystal Method recently won the 2002 Dancestar USA award for 'Best Live Act'. The second album by TCM, 'Tweekend', was another heavy-hitter with such hits as 'Name of the Game' and 'Roll it Up', and featured collaborations with famous rock stars Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Tom Morello of Rage against the Machine. After the duo's second CD it became evident that they needed to be paid more attention to.
On Ken and Scott's third effort, a DJ-mix album called 'Community Service', they triumph yet again. Featuring 16 tracks, this CD is packed with infectious Breakbeat rhythms and TCM's patented chalkboard-scraping noises. What makes 'Community Service' so intrigueing is that the inside sleeve features an entire page listing websites and organizations such as FreeDonations.com, American Institute for Public Service, and the Hunger Site, with the words 'Supporting the community that supports you' at the top. So it seems that Ken and Scott want you to get involved, or that they themselves are supporting such things as freedom of speech and ethnic diversity.
Standout tracks on 'Community Service' include 'No Soul (PMT Remix)' by ILS, a hypnotic intro coupled with the sound of a gospel hymns over it, Stir Fry's energetic 'Breakin On The Streets (False Prophet Remix)', Elite Force's hard-hitting 'Curveball', Dastrix's Crystal-Method-influenced 'Dude In The Moon (Luna Mix)', the Hybrid remix of TCM's own 'Name Of The Game', and the ending track 'The Red Pill' by Scratch-D vs. H-Bomb, sure to make any fan of 'The Matrix' smile. The only complaint I have on this CD is track 15, the Koma & Bones remix of Crystal Method's 'You Know It's Hard'. The middle of the song is really ugly.
>>> 5 stars for excellent track selection and for being completely original. What dance DJs do you know include P.O.D. in their mixes? And one other thing that struck me as funny was the CD cover, which features Ken and Scott in orange suits picking up vinyl records littered on the roadside.
- the enlightened one