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listen  3. Breakdancers CallArmand Van Helden 6:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. KoochyArmand Van Helden 8:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Watch Your BackArmand Van Helden 8:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Fly Away Love pt 2Armand Van Helden 9:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Armed Records
  • ASIN: B00004TKRC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If last year belonged to disco samples, this year Armand has dug far further back into the crates, unearthing early house music, hip hop, 80s synth pop and yes, even heavy metal for his source material. Applying hip hop's rapping and scratching to house music, he has come up with radical new hybrids likely to resonate through popular music for years to come. "Little Black Spiders" has Armand fighting for your right to party, mashing Euro headbangers The Scorpions into the most danceable heavy metal record ever. "Full Moon" sub poenas currently white hot rapper Common to lay down some rhymes over a class boogie groove that harks back to the Jungle Brothers early hits. "Flyaway Love" is the track for the DJs: pumping dark house just right for those Ibiza sunrises. "Hybridz" sees Armand picking up the mic himself to trade rhymes with his DJ mate Junior Sanchez over a rhythm that's pure New York Sound Factory 1988.

Best of all is first single "Koochy". Perfect pop and headf*ck house rolled into one, this is the epitome of the album's spirit has Armand rapping over clicking electro, scratching and an eardrum-popping sample lifted from Gary Numan's electro pop classic "Cars". Forget everything you've heard from the sample slaya so far: once heard, "Koochie" will drill its way into your brain and become Armand's biggest tune yet. Destined to be for light aeroplane -flying futurists everything Basement Jaxx are to flamenco guitars.

This is the year of Armand Van Helden: prepare to leave your preconceptions at the door when you pick up that flak jacket. This year Van Helden is Armand and Dangerous.

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NYC DJ Armand Van Helden has described his second LP as his "Sex Pistols record." He loads his tracks with a Rollins-like spleen and a raw production that seems to kick against the complacency of Ecstasy culture. Killing Puritans opens with a rant against the corporate machine and moves swiftly to the Scorpions-sampling metal-dance of "Little Black Spiders" and meta-cool of "Breakdancers Call"--jazz solos, B-boy licks, and Fatboy fills. His pace and breadth are fearless--from the Will Smith-ish block party of "Full Moon" (which guest-stars the rapper Common) to the low-end booty of "Hybridz" with its apocalyptic preachers field-recorded in Central Park. The album swells with classics--"Flyaway Love" detonates hellifre over an Ibizan disco-dream while the closer, "Conscience," howls with urban empathy. "Conscience" backs a soaring blues from Wu-Tang's Takeitha with a ferociously ramped-up mix; one could term this song rave's "Inner City Blues." Killing Puritans is an extraordinary, unblushing work. --Amazon.co.uk

Customer Reviews

The CD'z okay... but nothing great...
Rishi Bagga
His response, in this album, is to use influences and samples that would normally be anathema to house music.
Rimma Gizatulina
I say, if you like and appreciate house music, this should be a must have album.
SL

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SL on January 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't know why some people gave such bad reviews for this album. They say it's not original, it's too loopy, they've heard better, etc. I think Killing Puritan is revolutionary--it shows many talents of Armand Van Helden; he is able to mix and loop metal, jazz, breakbeats, house, hip-hop, rap, electronica and I was quite impressed with his scratching skills in Koochy--and he does all this in one album. It's revolutionary because no one has quite done it as well as he did here. Most DJ mixes are either too repetitive in style or mixing only occurs at the end of each songs. And, I am sick of Hi-NRG house music which all sounds the same and are boring--I'm talking about the type you hear in cheesy clubs. Killing Puritan is revolutionary because he breaks away from mainstream House. The music may not be all that original but the way Van Helden put all together in the album is simply amazing and is very original. Little Louie Vega, Tony Morrillo, Masters at Work are great house DJs but none of them have attempted to create albums as diverse as Killing Puritans. I say, if you like and appreciate house music, this should be a must have album. Don't expect too much to hear Fatboy Slim or Chem Bros, though. It's just different.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dsc on June 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Get your servings here. Stacks of floppy beats smattered with a stick of greasy grooves and topped with whipped drumkicks and bass lines as thick and sweet as molasses. Would I have ever imagined I would be dancing in my living room to hip hop? Hardly. But this one did it. When the album's finished, I have to stop and wonder, "Did that music just happen? Did I just hear that?" Truly amazing music.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rimma Gizatulina on June 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
'Killing Puritans' Recently he's been inviting controversy by knocking his fellow US house artists for failing to say anything and getting stuck in a rut. His response, in this album, is to use influences and samples that would normally be anathema to house music.
Kicking in with a moody hip hop intro on the title track, Killing Puritans leaps through a whirlwind tour of genres. Breakdancer's Call flirts with drum 'n' bass, electro and leftfield jazz breaks. Full Moon is a seriously old skool funky hip hop groove, while Watch Your Back features former Brand New Heavies singer N'Dea Davenport and settles into a tough and funky groove. Hybridz is pure Jungle Brothers hip house, even down to "house your body" hooks. 'Flyaway Love' is a filtered disco offering, while 'Swamp Thing' nods in the direction of Afro beat.
In drawing on rock, hip hop, electro, drum 'n' bass and early electronic artists, Van Helden mirrors the developments dance acts have been making in the UK and Europe, rather than US artists. Little Black Spiders manages to out do big beat, or rather what it became, at its own game. Rather than adding guitars to dance music, the track simply rocks in a straight-forward, head banging mosh of a metal tune.
Again the references are European and Spiders uses a sample from Hanover's The Scorpions, a band that in its heyday was big with long haired, leather clad types everywhere and simply colossal in Japan. Apart from anything else this is a stroke of marketing genius.
The final skill on this album is the incidental inserts between tracks that range from minimal statements to self mocking conversations and direct political references.
Whether Killing Puritans manages to be as boundary busting as Van Helden intends is questionable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rol_o on June 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Quick run down of my favorite tracks...Little black spiders (Scorpions sample), Koochy(Gary Neuman sample), Hybridz an excellent old school house track...I love it. Fly Away love: nice and smooth....with a loong intro. The samples that appear on the web site don't do the CD justice, if you like just the intros that they play you'll love the CD. Over all a very cool CD that gets a ton of play in my stereo in the car...at work...at home...every where ;^) Van Helden...that's a money name huh? Get the CD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "littleoldme" on November 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you believe the hype about this, this is to house and dance music in general what "Never Mind The Bollocks..." was to rock muic. It's not. I respect that the album tries something new (a lot new, in fact), but experimenting is good only when the music stays high-quality. Here, Van Helden tries to do everything all at once (off-color rap on "Hybridz", Fatboy Slim-esque beats on "Breakdancer's Call", Puff Daddy-style sampling on "Koochy") and winds up doing nothing at all. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the political stance is more blind anger than anything intelligent (a dance artist calling for less technology as he does on the intro?) and the supposedly clever samples are just plain irritating. Only two songs really work: "Full Moon" and "Watch Your Back". The rest is too cluttered up to make any positive impression.
This is doubly hard to do because Armand Van Helden's brought us some great moments before ("Witch Doktor", all the dark garage mixes). But let's call a spade a spade: this is a sub-par dance album that tries to be innovative and winds up simply irritating. Save your money.
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