If you like British flavor, linear beats, creative multi-sampling (pre-legal clampdown) and bopping your head, check this BAD CD out. Megatop Pheonix comes off in its lyrics and tone as so unabashedly pro-British you might even be tempted to join the Royal Forces. (Of course, underlying the lush Brit voices and melodies are very African-American inspired funk grooves and beats -- but then again, when is good pop music not?) From the first line of the disc, you'd swear you were dropped into the middle of World War II to fight the good fight: "The troup was weak and weary, rations running low. David took Goliath, a little rock and roll," In "Union, Jack" samples of mass crowd cheers and Churchill quotes mix in with guitar screeches and beats that rain down like Nazi bombs over London. So Jones calls to God with confidence, "Make a stand, before you fall. You're country needs you to play football." And in that special way that Brits seem to have, BAD convince you that, yes, God favors their island, "this other Eden." In "Stalag 123," the boys find themselves in a German POW camp (which Jones lightly compares to a recording studio) where they're met with the cold German soundbite: "There vill be no escape from zees camp." So they hang out with their democratic essentials, "digital toys, rizla, and Playboys." Ultimately, BAD lays out an utterly epic stage set with great beats and some very creative samples. (Samples range from heavy to light; from soldier quotes to West Side Story's "America" to Alfred Hitchcock to, yes, James Brown. (You have to sample James Brown -- it's the law. But BAD do it with an ironic twist). I don't know if the Ministry of Information could put out more convincing pro-Brit PR than this disc.